Davao boxing fans, scribes want rematch

Subscribe Now April 17, 2013 at 08:24am

Boxing fans including the media here demanded for a rematch between Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux, who won their unified title-fight via a controversial unanimous decision last April 13 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

“I was disappointed with the fight. If Rigondeaux was the champion, that should be his style. Donaire did the aggression and he deserves a rematch,” said radioman Marlon Gayog of iFm and director of SCOOP Davao.

“He (Donaire) was very cautious in the early goings. He did not move well also. When he realized he needed to press the attack, it was too late. Not a convincing win for Rigo but Donaire got simply outplanned and outsmarted,” said Edge Davao managing editor Neilwin Joseph Bravo.

For Raides Neri, assistant trainer of 8th time division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Donaire’s fight was good but lack of pressure to deliver his punches.

“Importantly, he should use more combination of punches. Only that he failed to adjust,” Neri said.

His elder brother Amay Neri thinks that Donaire must climb up in a higher division.

“He is just too confident of the fight,” said fitness instructor Jimmy Javier, vice-president for SCOOP Davao.

“Sad story for Filipino’s boxing history. Three in a row from Pacquiao to Viloria and now Donaire,” said Anthony Allada of Philippine News Agency Davao Bureau.

Boxing manager Joel Ostria of Taytay, Rizal, thinks that Donaire should have won the fight.

“He is very aggressive except for the first round. It should be split decision. Even if there is no knockout, he should still win. We want rematch. The fight was controversial and decision was wrong,” Ostria said.

Davao-based boxing promoter Willie Neri, however, thinks Donaire was really beaten because of the early rounds.

Rigondeaux held on to his WBA belt and took Donaire's WBO title in the process while remaining undefeated in his professional career.

The scores were 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111 for the now unified Super Bantamweight champion.

Donaire said that he would want a rematch against Rigondeaux in his post-fight interview.

He also mentioned his plan to move up in weight in his next fight and revealed that he might be in need of surgery for an injured shoulder. (PNA)

Source: balita.ph

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