Donaire vs. Arce & Rigondeaux vs. Kratingdaenggym this Saturday, December 15th on HBO
By Chris Williams: This Saturday night WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KO’s) will be facing old veteran Jorge Arce (61-6-2, 46 KO’s) in a perfect mismatch on HBO at the Toyota Center, in Houston, Texas, USA.
Also on the card in a fight which I feel is a much better one is WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) defending his title against the tough #3 WBA Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33 KO’s) in a fight that should give boxing fans a pretty good idea of how good or not so good Rigondeaux is as a fighter.
Rigondeaux has been saying that he wants a big money unification bout with Donaire, but Rigondeaux didn’t look so good in his last fight against the young 22-year-old Top Rank stable fighter Robert Marroquin last September in a 12 round decision. Rigondeaux was hurt numerous occasions in that fight by a guy he shouldn’t have been hurt by.
The only excuse you can make for Rigondeaux in that fight is that he was facing a guy that looked like a light welterweight after he rehydrated but Rigondeaux will have to face the same problems if and when he faces Donaire. That guy likes to rehydrate up in weight as well, and it could be a problem for him.
The Donaire-Arce fight is like standing and watching a perfect storm except in this case it’s a perfect mismatch. I can’t believe Arum has made this fight because Arce doesn’t stand a chance in this fight against Donaire. Arce looked awful recently against some little known fighter named Jesus M Rojas last June. Arce looked like he bailed on the fight when it became apparent that he was going to take a beating from Rojas.
I think we’re going to see the same thing with Arce bowing out early against Donaire with some kind of ache or pain in one of his body parts. He’s only 33, but Arce isn’t a young 33. He’s like Pacquiao in that he’s got a lot of rough mileage on him. We’re not talking highway miles. We’re talking tough city driving. I don’t think Arce is going to be able to make it more than three rounds unless Donaire carries him.