A pugilist with merely 11 professional bouts may seem undeserving of a shot against Nonito Donaire — one of the finest prizefighters in the world — but Guillermo Rigondeaux, despite his trial record, is no boxing novice.
Rigondeaux (11-0, eight KOs), though only a professional since 2009, will challenge the San Mateo-based junior featherweight world champion Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Read More
There have been days — recent days — when the drive has abandoned Nonito Donaire.
And admittedly so.
“With [Toshiaki] Nishioka, I’d get up, I’d train,” said Donaire, who lives and trains on the Peninsula. “This time, I just don’t feel that motivation. I just need to spar, because I can’t even hit the mitts without feeling bored, or feeling tired.” Read More
Judging from his left hook — a punch that has left numerous fighters quivering on the canvas of the ring — Nonito Donaire shouldn’t have much to fear.
But he does. Read More
Given its recent findings in the ring and out, boxing as of late has been more “science” than “sweet.”
It was in a science lab, after all, where Lamont Peterson, Andre Berto and Antonio Tarver, all prominent prize fighters, tested positive for one performance-enhancing drug or another — all within three months. Read More
It’s been Nonito Donaire’s moniker for most of his professional fist-fighting life.
His exquisite speed of hand and foot while toiling in Bay Area boxing gyms led to his branding as “The Filipino Flash.” But flashy, in addition to fast, is how the elite Peninsula-based pugilist fights.
That’s how Donaire fought — or tried to fight — in his last contest against the defensively competent but offensively unwilling Argentine Omar Narvaez. Read More
It’s hard to forget the sight of a man twitching on the canvas, as was the case when a single Nonito Donaire left hook decked Fernando Montiel in February. But after scoring the most significant victory of his career, the Belmont-San Mateo resident has done little to keep his name in the boxing spotlight. That is, until now. Read More
Amid camera flashes and the din of the boxing gymnasium, trainer Robert Garcia knows how to get his fighter’s full attention.
He leans in close to Nonito Donaire and whispers, “Let’s get to work.”
Rising boxing star Donaire is nearing the biggest fight of his career — a Feb. 19 showdown with Fernando Montiel, the top bantamweight in the world, in Las Vegas. Read More