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Donaire and Rigondeaux in talks, nothing confirmed

Phil Jay 20/01/2013

Guillermo Rigondeaux is currently involved in negotiations with Nonito Donaire over a huge super-bantamweight unification match-up on April 27 in the United States.

Double Olympic champion Rigondeaux, 32, who holds the WBA strap, raced to a world title in just nine bouts following his decision to turn pro in 2009 and is now in discussions for what would be his biggest challenge yet against the WBO belt holder.

30 year-old Donaire is among the world’s elite pound for pound fighters since claiming a world belt at a fourth different weight-class last year and is looking to unify the titles at 122lbs for the second time.

Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde recently spoke to WBN to reinforce that conversations between the two camps have taken place, but stopped short of stating that a fight between the Cuban and the Filipino is completed – as some reports have suggested.

“We are in the process of making Rigondeaux v Donaire for April 27,” Hyde told World Boxing News.

“As of now, nothing is confirmed,” he added.

If the fight comes off, and there are strong indications that it will, the clash has all the makings of a classic encounter between two of the world’s best boxers and will be a refreshing change from some of the recent disappointments that fight fans have had to endure.