Thursday, February 14, 2013
Can Donaire keep up with Roy Jones?
By Michael Woods
The last time Radio City Music Hall was graced by the presence of pugilism, pound-for-pound ace Roy Jones was on center stage. He battled out-of-his-depth David Telesco, in a light heavyweight title defense, on Jan. 15, 2000, and won a unanimous decision. In fairness to Telesco, everyone was out of their depth against Jones, whose skills at that time were divine.
WBO super bantam champ Nonito Donaire, who fights at Radio City in April, has some pretty darn stellar skills himself, though more history will have to play out before we can lump his legacy in with Jones'.
A few fans have asked me about ticket availiblity for the Top Rank show. Top Rank exec Carl Moretti told NYFightblog that he isn't certain when tix will go on sale. "We're working on logistics," he said. "There will be a press conference next week."
Capacity for the majestic hall, Moretti said, will be a bit over 5,000. HBO will show the scrap for those unable to attend.
I'd guess that Donaire's foe, Guillermo Rigondeaux, will make it a tighter fight than Telesco did; Rigo is a crafty Cuban who won Olympic gold in 2000 and 2004, and one of the top amateurs to ever engage in the game. He defected from Cuba in 2009, and is also under the Top Rank banner. There are times when he can look like he is going through the motions, scoring points, toying almost, with less-skilled opponents. When he fights with an aggressive pro style, and looks to lay hurt on his foe, he can be a fan-friendly performer.