By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tue, 30 Apr 2013

WBO’s Paco Valcarcel. 
World Boxing Organization president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has praised former WBO super bantamweight champion and 2012 “Fighter of the Year” Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire for undergoing voluntary drug testing. 

In response to a question from this reporter on the stand of the WBO on random drug tests in view of the growing concern over fighters using performance enhancing drugs, Valcarcel cited specific provisions in the organization’s rules one of which states that “The World Boxing Organization encourages all Local Boxing Commissions to conduct anti-doping tests before or after the fight. If the Local Boxing Commission conducts the tests, they shall be administered in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Local Boxing Commission.” 

The rule states that “The WBO encourages the Host Commissions to adopt and administer drug testing, and under WBO Rule 28(c), the WBO will follow the host Commission’s determination based on the testing results for the award of the WBO Championship if the Host Commission determines that a WBO Participant is disqualified for failing to comply with the anti-doping requirements of the Host Commission.” 

Valcarcel pointed out that the WBO “takes our responsibilities very seriously. The WBO has worked with Host Commissions in every country where WBO Championships are contested. The WBO does countenance drug use or PEDs. These issues are matters within the primary jurisdiction of our Members, the Host Commission. The WBO continuously shares the WBO’s perspectives and experience with the Host Commission and the WBO and the Host Commissions mutually support each other to create a respectful atmosphere where all aspects of officiating, administration, regulation and sanctioning are focused on the unified objective of achieving the most fairly and professionally conducted Championship we can accomplished. The purposes and policies of the WBO Championship Rules and the ABC Uniform Rules are all directed with one objective: that the true winner in the ring wins the WBO Championship.” 

In commending Donaire for his voluntary random drug testing, the WBO president said Donaire was “the first Boxer in the world to complete VADA testing on July 8, 2012. His open and proactive example to boxers world-wide adds to his stature and accomplishment and contributes to Nonito Donaire example as a paragon of clean competition and sportsmanship.”



By Ryan Wardle:

There has been recent news of an alleged matchup between current WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire ( 31-1, 20 KO’s) and current WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux ( 11-0, 8 KO’s) scheduled for April 13th. This is a fight many fans have been clamoring to see and this fight should not disappoint.

When it comes to this bout, fight fans are split into two categories: those who are happy to see Donaire against a recognized opponent, so he can gain respect as a true champion, and those who are happy Rigondeaux has a chance to expose Donaire and show the world that he is the best super bantamweight. There is validity to both sides of the argument.

Donaire is recognized by most as the best super bantamweight in the world. He fought four times in 2012 and was also voted Fighter of the Year. His left hook is by far his best weapon and he lands it frequently with power and accuracy.

Rigondeaux comes from a large amateur background and has much experience despite having fought only 11 professional fights. He also possesses power, which is evident in his hard counter punches.

This fight should be exciting, but not in the way that Rios vs. Alvarado was exciting, where there were constant fireworks. Both fighters being counter punchers, you can expected fireworks, but not non-stop action as some fights produce. Look for most of the action to take place in hard quick, and hopefully frequent, exchanges. Both men will be looking for the other to give them an opening and then quickly try to take advantage of the opportunity.

The difference maker in this fight for Rigondeaux will be his body punches. He throws hard, damaging shots to the body and this could easily send Donaire to the canvas. If he can also take away Donaire’s left hook, his chances of winning go up exponentially.

Donaire’s difference maker in the fight will be the chin of Rigondeaux. He has, in the past, shown that his chin is not the strongest. He has had his knees buckle and been knocked down by guys with nowhere near the amount of power Donaire has.

Both warriors have the skills to stop their opponent and each also has vulnerabilities that they need to be aware of. Each fighter has the power and skill to end the fight at anytime. Just by analyzing the matchup, the biggest difference is the weak chin of Rigondeaux and because of that, Donaire gets a slight edge and likely a KO victory.