MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire fired back at Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux, who has claimed that he is being avoided by the top fighters in their division.
Rigondeaux, who holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight belt, recently claimed that the fighters in the division – including Donaire – were afraid of him.
“I don’t cuss much, but I gotta call bullsh*t,” Donaire said in response to Rigondeaux’s statement in an interview with Boxing Scene.
“Yes, he accomplished a lot in the amateurs, but not as a pro,” Donaire continued. “You won that belt but you had problems with that tall guy (Ricardo Cordoba) on HBO.”
“I have no problem fighting him,” he emphasized.
Rigondeaux is widely recognized as one of the greatest amateur boxers in history, having won gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
But he only has 10 professional fights so far, and Donaire believes the level of the Cuban’s opposition is not up to par.
Still, “The Filipino Flash” is willing to fight Rigondeaux, if only to challenge for the WBA belt.
“He has a belt and I want it,” Donaire said.
Donaire will face South African boxer Jeffrey Mathebula this July 8 in California in a title-unification bout. Mathebula holds the International Boxing Federation's super bantamweight belt.