On Saturday April 13, the 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire steps into the ring for the first time this year. He faces the challenge of decorated Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux, live on HBO.
It's been an impressive rise up the ranks for Donaire, who has brought the lower weight classes a level of attention and prestige normally reserved for their heavier counterparts. Donaire consistently brings to his fights not only the level of speed and technique you would expect from a world champion at his weight, but also power. He has a number of impressive KO wins, with multiple fights ending within the first few rounds. It's that combination of technique and power that makes Donaire truly special, and it's what Rigondeaux will have to contend with if he hopes to upset the champion on Saturday.
See that power and technique on display above in HBO Boxing's Grestest Hits: Nonito Donaire. Included are highlights from his fights with Fernando Montiel, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaka Nishioka, and Jorge Arce.
HBO World Championship Boxing Donaire vs. Rigondeaux airs live from Radio City Music Hall Saturday April 13 with an 11:00 p.m. ET fight time. Join us here at Bloody Elbow for Donaire vs. Rignodeaux live results, discussion, and fight night coverage.