Looking Ahead to Saturday: Donaire vs. Arce and Rigondeaux vs. Kratingdaengym Previews
On Saturday from Houston, pound-for-pound entrant Nonito Donaire looks to cap off a productive 2012 with a win over longtime standout Jorge Arce. In the main supporting bout, fellow-122-pound titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux takes on former WBA champion--Thailand’s Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.
Perhaps this is to set up a Donaire-Rigondeaux unification fight for 2013. They’re clearly the number 1 and 2 junior featherweights in the world. It makes sense. Rigondeaux is ready to take on a top fighter, while Donaire will be looking for something significant to add to his 122-pound title run.
Work still lies ahead, though. Donaire and Rigondeaux are each heavy favorites, but face the type of opponents who could surprise, especially in the event that either favorite is caught looking ahead.
Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce
Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank
Donaire is one of the best fighters in the sport. Arce, ...