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Nonito Donaire 7/4 to beat Rigondeaux by KO

This weekend New York’s Radio City Music Hall will host a boxing match for only the second time in it’s history when four-division World Champion Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire, 2/5, takes on Guillermo Rigondeaux, 15/8, the decorated former-Cuban amateur whose stellar rise up the professional ranks saw him crowned claim the interim WBA Super Bantamweight title in just his seventh career fight.

Donaire was named The Ring Magazine’s fighter of the year after a sensational 2012 in which he won the vacant WBO Super Bantamweight strap against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr, adding Jeffrey Mathebula’s IBF title to his trophy cabinet before TKO’ing Toshiaki Nishioka and rounding out his stellar campaign by retiring former WBO Super Bantamweight king Jorge Arce.

‘Filipino Flash’ has knocked out 20 of his 32 professional adversaries including six of his last 10 opponents, with all 10 of those fights at world title level. His left hook is one of the most revered shots in the fight game, but Rigondeaux’s amateur pedigree should ensure that he uses his own southpaw stance to limit Donaire’s opportunities to utilise this vicious weapon.

Considering Rigondeaux has also shown he possesses knock out power in world title class, stopping three of his five opponents at full or interim world title level, it might be expected that their New York City clash won’t last the full 12 rounds. However Donaire has yet to be caught in 32 bouts and with his opponents defensive savvy honed in that stellar amateur career this match could go the distance.

Nonito Donaire is 5/t to win on points with Rigondeaux 7/2 to gain the decision victory.

If the fight is to be won by way of stoppage, then history suggests that Donaire will be the man whose glove is raised. While Donaire has yet to be toppled, Rigondeaux has seen the mat against Ricardo Cordoba and the Cuban was seriously wobbled by Robert Marroquin and whilst he came back for comfortable wins against both fighters, doubts persist as to whether his powers of recovery would be so strong against a pugilist of Donaire’s power. The Filipino is 7/4 to win the fight by KO TKO or Disqualification with Coral.