clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Nonito Donaire ready to conquer 122lb division, open to Guillermo Rigondeaux sequel

With the WBO title in tow, Nonito Donaire says he wants to take on all top opposition at junior featherweight.

Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire is ready to get back to the business of doing what all world class fighters should do - beating all top competition. And Donaire (36-3, 23 knockouts) seriously has some tough competition ahead of him if he means what he says, particularly when asked about a rematch with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

"I'm always open for that. Again, I always said this to everybody else. In order for him to convince me that he's better than me, he has to do it twice" he says of the 35-year-old unbeaten Cuban, who won a decision over Donaire in April 2013. "I will most likely give him the same option, so I'm always down for that."

Truthfully speaking, he may be hard-pressed to convince many fans that he can change the outcome of the first fight, especially after going life-and-death with Cesar Juarez, and arguably looking the worse for wear, in reclaiming that title he lost to Rigondeaux two years ago. Donaire really hasn't even looked like the same guy who won fighter of the year just a few short years ago.

Following the loss to Rigondeaux, Donaire says he developed a set of bad habits, including his over-reliance on his big left hook, which he credits for contributing to his knockout loss to Nicholas Walters.

"I didn't train as hard as I should; I didn't study any fights as I should. In the fight, I've seen so many mistakes that I should've capitalized on but the reason that I couldn't is that the muscle memory that I created in training was just the left hook and that's the only thing that I knew how to throw.

"Now, I'm throwing combinations, all kinds of punches. We've gotten back most of our old ways of fighting but there are still lots of bad habits that came out in that last fight, which was a great learning experience for me to see."

Since Walters has recently moved up a weight class, it doesn't appear that a rematch of that fight is on the table for the near future, but Donaire did express interest in taking on the winner of Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg.

Do any of you believe Donaire has what it takes to re-establish himself at the top of 122lbs?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook