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Friday, February 8, 2013
Donaire-Rigondeaux may land in NY

By Michael Woods

NYC fight fans are hoping that the April 13 clash between Filipino-American superstar Nonito Donaire, who holds the WBO super bantam crown, and WBA super bantam champ Guillermo Rigondeaux will land in The City, perhaps at Radio City Music Hall. But a person with knowledge of negotiations between the BWAA 2012 Fighter of the Year Donaire and the Cuban cutie Rigondeaux (11-0; age 32) said it was too early to call the venue.

My source said he is "confident" the fight will go down, but said the venue is "up in the air" and that California and Texas can't be ruled out as fight sites. "We're trying to finalize a lot of things but given it's Friday night and there's a snowstorm (in the East), this will drag through the weekend."

Donaire's arc is complicated slightly by the fact that his wife Rachel is due to give birth in June, so he wants to carve out a chunk of time then to savor the experience. The boxer holds a 31-1 record.