'Donaire fell into Rigondeaux's traps'
MANILA, Philippines – World champion Joseph Agbeko of Ghana believes Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is a better fighter than Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux, but the former Olympic gold medalist was able to lure the Filipino into his trap.
“The only good fighter he (Rigondeaux) has beaten in his career is Nonito Donaire,” said Agbeko in an interview with Tha Boxing Voice. “Apart from Donaire, there are no other good men on his record.”
Rigondeaux, who won two Olympic gold medals, has won all 12 of his professional fights since turning pro in 2009.
“I believe Donaire is a better fighter than Rigondeaux,” said Agbeko.
Donaire wanted to put on a show for the fans, however, and that proved to be his downfall against the crafty Cuban, Agbeko added.
“I think Donaire wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, so Donaire fell into his (Rigondeaux’s) traps,” he explained. “Donaire couldn’t think about himself; he wanted to give the boxing fans a good show.”
“So he followed Rigondeaux, he fought the way Rigondeaux wanted him to fight, which made Donaire look bad,” he added.
Agbeko will face off against Rigondeaux on December 7 in a title unification fight for the bantamweight titles, and he is preparing hard in order to avoid falling into the same traps that got Donaire.
“I will be sparring with amateur guys,” said Agbeko, knowing that Rigondeaux fights using the amateur style. “He wants to hit you, and he doesn’t want you to hit him. He is kind of technical. He always wants to go back and make sure he gets his target.”
“I want to spar with amateur boxers to get a good feel. I know Rigondeaux is a good fighter and experienced and very technical, so we are working very, very hard to take him,” he added.