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Nonito Donaire, Guillermo Rigondeaux ready for unification fight in New York

Reuters

Reuters

Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux are ready to rumble.

During Tuesday’s teleconference call from New York, the two fighters assured fight fans that they are all going to get a fistic treat come fight night Saturday at the Radio City Music Hall.

Staking his lofty status as the finest 122-pounder in the world, Donaire spoke highly of his Cuban rival, saying the more he saw him fight, the more he realized that he’d be a worthy opponent.

“He fought better and progressed as he fought different opposition,” said Donaire.

Rigondeaux also lavished praise on Donaire, who is the prohibitive favorite in their scheduled 12-rounder.

“Nonito is a great tactician and has got enormous power,” said Rigondeaux.

Donaire is on a roll since shocking Vic Darchinyan in 2007.

Last year alone, Donaire racked up four impressive victories, overpowering Wilfredo Vazquez, Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge Arce.

Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc is staging the Big Apple show days after the highly-successful event in Macau, weeks after the Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios war in Las Vegas and almost a month after the terrific Tim Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov slugfest in Carson, California.

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