Rigondeaux gains bragging rights

Guillermo Rigondeaux bragged that after beating Nonito Donaire to become the unified WBO/WBA superbantamweight champion, he’s on top of the world for making the Filipino Flash look bad.

There is bad blood between Rigondeaux and Donaire so that explains the Cuban’s brashness and unsportsmanlike behavior. He survived a 10th round knockdown to score a unanimous 12-round decision over Donaire at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City yesterday morning (Manila time).

It was the second fight where Rigondeaux bounced back from a trip to the canvas. Three years ago, he took an eight-count when his glove touched the floor from a right hand by Ricardo Cordoba in Texas but recovered to win a split verdict. The knockdown he suffered Continue reading

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Donaire targets late 2013 return

Former world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire plans to fight again later this year, but will have to recover from shoulder surgery first.

Speaking to Boxing Scene Radio, Donaire said he will have surgery on his injured right shoulder Friday, but expects to fight at least once more in 2013.

“I plan to be back before the end of the year. They were looking at, at least six months, but if I take care of myself and the way I heal… I heal very fast,” Donaire said.

“So we’re looking to be able to come back to the gym around four months or so, and start training,” he added. Continue reading

After reviewing fight, Donaire admits defeat

After re-watching his performance against Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux, dethroned super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is ready to admit defeat.

On Boxing Scene Radio, Donaire admitted: “I don’t think I did enough to take the fight from him.”

Donaire had lauded Rigondeaux following the bout but maintained that at the very least, he deserved a draw, especially after he knocked down the Cuban boxer in the 10th round.

But Rigondeaux was in full control of the rest of the fight, and took home a unanimous decision victory and Donaire’s WBO and The RING super bantamweight belts along with Continue reading

Arum mulls Macau tiff for Manny in October

Manny Pacquiao’s much-awaited comeback has been moved to October from September, and his promoter, Bob Arum, said the fight will most likely take place in Macau.

Arum yesterday told The STAR on the phone that negotiations are still on, and that everything could be finalized within the next few days.

“Things could be finalized by the end of the week. But we’re now looking at October,” said Arum.

The chief of Top Rank Promotions didn’t mention a definite opponent yet even though the latest reports said Mike Alvarado of Colorado now has the inside track as Pacquiao’s next foe. Continue reading

Providence prospect Toka Kahn-Clary’s star shining after big win

Undefeated super featherweight prospect Toka Kahn-Clary’s star shining after last Weekend’s impressive win in NYC

PROVIDENCE.(April 18, 2013) – After his awesome and complete destruction of Gadiel Andaluz last Saturday night, on the Nonito Donaire-Guillermo Rigondeaux undercard at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Providence’s undefeated super featherweight prospect Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary’s (5-0, 4 KOs) star is shining brighter than ever.

Liberia-native Kahn-Clary dropped Andaluz (4-5-1, 2 KOs) three times in the opening round en route to a victory by technical knockout at the 1:32 mark.

“I wanted to make a statement to fans, friends and my promoter, Top Rank, that I’m a Continue reading

Is Canelo fight Cotto 2.0 for Trout?

Austin Trout’s arrival as A Fighter To Be Taken Seriously followed his impressive decision win over Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden last December. That earned him Saturday’s Showtime-televised shot against Canelo Alvarez, and the fact that he is considered to have something close to a 50-50 shot to score another upset win says a lot about both his style and that of his opponent.

Like Cotto, Alvarez is known for the deliberate but forceful pressure he applies during the course of a fight. Neither man is renowned for his pace, for fancy footwork or flashy combinations. Instead, they generally walk their foes down, in the process slowing them with heavy-handed punches, and looking to soften them up for a late stoppage.

Except for a couple of rounds when Cotto’s pressure appeared as if it might tell, Trout was Continue reading

Fury-Cunningham: A rare saleable heavyweight bout

The 12-year age gap between Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham is never more apparent than when they open their mouths.

Fury (20-0, 14 knockouts), a 24-year-old British heavyweight contender, carries the confidence and feeling of invulnerability that comes with having never tasted defeat. His boisterous self-promotion draws liberally from the youthful excesses of Muhammad Ali and the cartoon-like violence of Mike Tyson, while his 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame give him a larger-than-life presence whenever he walks through a door.

Raised in the “Irish Traveler” culture in Manchester, England, Fury’s bout with Cunningham this Saturday at The Theater in Madison Square Garden will be his first time performing in the U.S. And performing he has been, coloring the press conferences with talk of wanting Continue reading