DONAIRE TO TRAIN IN LAS VEGAS
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Sun, 07 Feb 2016
WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has decided to set up his training camp in Las Vegas where his trainer/father “Dodong” Donaire “has a lot of fighters.”
Donaire said they already have one sparring partner lined up but are “looking for more with styles similar to Zsolt Bedak” the former Hungarian Olympian who will battle Donaire for the 122 pound title at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 23.
Donaire told us that training has gone well and that he is “trying to change up a little bit and put more combinations in” to his repertoire of punches and “that’s what we are working on now.”.
However, he conceded “it’s a tough style to acquire because it is tiring to get combinations” together.
Donaire said he had watched fight tapes of Bedak and indicated the challenger is “very methodical, moves well. He’s fast but not as strong.”
Donaire who won the WBO super bantamweight title for the second time when he dropped No. 1 contender Cesar Juarez twice in round four to eventually score a lopsided points decision in a brutal fight in Puerto Rico last December 11 that reignited fight fans interest and following for “The Filipino Flash” said he will train in Las Vegas until the first week of April.
Donaire will leave for Las Vegas after he receives the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s prestigious “Athlete of the Year” award along with the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, WBO light flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and outstanding young golfer and Asian champion Miguel Tabuena on February 13 at the One Esplanade near the Mall of Asia.
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