Philippines, 24 Feb 2019
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


Donaire aims for undisputed title


PhilBoxing.com




LAS VEGAS. WBC diamond and “super” WBA bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. is two wins away from claiming recognition as the undisputed 118-pound king, a feat that’s unprecedented in Philippine boxing history, and the next step is to beat WBO titlist Zolani Tete of South Africa, tentatively in Los Angeles in April.

No Filipino has ever gained undisputed status, meaning concurrent recognition as WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO champion in a weight division. Donaire, 36, is already in the record books as the first fighter ever to drop down two weight classes in winning a world championship. The Filipino Flash went from featherweight to bantamweight to dethrone WBA titleholder Ryan Burnett via a fourth round retirement in Glasgow last November. It was Donaire’s first rung in the World Boxing Series Series (WBSS) ladder to reach undisputed status. The hitch is newly-minted WBC bantamweight titleholder Nordine Oubaali of France isn't in the WBSS competition so the eventual winner will be recognized only by the WBA, IBF and WBO, falling short of the undisputed status. However, the WBSS insists in calling the ultimate survivor in the series the undisputed champion.

Tete, 30, beat Russia’s Mikhail Aloyan on points in his first move up the WBSS ladder last October. The winner of the Donaire-Tete bout will advance to battle the survivor of the other WBSS pairing between Japan’s Naoya Inoue and Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez for the undisputed crown. In other previous WBSS encounters, Inoue disposed of the Dominican Republic’s Juan Carlos Payano in one round while Rodriguez outpointed Australia’s Jason Moloney on a split verdict. Inoue holds the “regular” version of the WBA title (Donaire is the “super” WBA champion) and Rodriguez wears the IBF strap.

“I think Tete is easier to beat than Burnett,” said Donaire. “I’ve studied his style on film. It’s not like Burnett who was hard to figure out because of his style. I’m confident of beating Tete and going all the way to become the undisputed bantamweight champion.” Former US Olympic boxing coach Kenny Adams, who made his debut in Donaire’s corner in Glasgow, will be back with the team for the Tete fight.

Donaire said the plan is to stage his fight against Tete and the Inoue-Rodriguez bout on the same card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “It makes sense because right after both fights, WBSS can do a press conference to announce the final between the two winners,” he said.

Donaire brushed off reports that Burnett suffered a slipped disc which prompted his surrender in their fight. In between the third and fourth rounds, Burnett could be heard on film confiding to his cornerman that he was hit on the waistband and couldn’t bring up his right hand. A replay of the action in the third round will show Donaire landing a solid shot to Burnett’s body, causing his right hand to drop. “The body shot did it,” said Donaire’s wife Rachel. “Burnett admitted it before the start of the fourth round. Besides, about a week later, there’s a photo on Instagram showing Burnett holding up two girls with both arms. No way someone with a slipped disc can hold up two girls weighing at least 80 pounds each.”

Donaire said it was easy dropping down to 118 pounds. “Right now, I’m walking around at 129,” he said. “No problem trimming down. It was a smart thing to drop to bantamweight because that division is where no one can match my speed and power.”

Photo: Nonito Donaire, Jr. shows off his newly-acquired WBC diamond bantamweight title belt.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Joaquin Henson.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • FIGHTNIGHT LIVE HITS NORTH BROAD STREET ON SATURDAY, FEB. 23, FROM THE HISTORIC MET IN PHILADELPHIA
    By , Sat, 23 Feb 2019
  • NIETES-PALICTE REMATCH GOES INTO PURSE BIDDING
    By Dong Secuya, Sat, 23 Feb 2019
  • JAMES DEGALE vs. CHRIS EUBANK JR. FINAL WEIGHTS & QUOTES
    By , Sat, 23 Feb 2019
  • Boxeo Telemundo Celebrates 30th Anniversary setting a historic milestone as the longest running sports program in spanish-language television
    By , Sat, 23 Feb 2019
  • Two M-1 Challenge title fights Featured at M-1 Challenge 101
    By , Sat, 23 Feb 2019
  • EYE OF THE TIGER PROMOTIONS JOINS FORCES WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS TO PROMOTE THE CAREERS OF ULYSSE, BUTLER AND BAZINYAN
    By , Sat, 23 Feb 2019
  • TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME 3RD ANNUAL INDUCTION WEEKEND JUNE 21, 22 & 23, 2019
    By , Sat, 23 Feb 2019
  • EROS CORREA RETURNS TO THE RING THIS SATURDAY IN MEXICO
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • HECTOR CORONADO SIGNS WITH PRINCE RANCH BOXING AND TMB & PRB ENTERTAINMENT
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • Dasmarinas, Demecillo Headline 'Rising Stars' Boxing Event
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • Boxeo Telemundo Weights from Kissimmee
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • ABAP prepares for SEA Games
    By Joaquin Henson, Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • Noble chieftain, rescuer, artist, loyal father, friend
    By Recah Trinidad, Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • Weigh-in and meet and greet for "Bouts on Broad" set for Friday night!!!
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • JAMES DEGALE vs. CHRIS EUBANK JR. FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia Square Off in Welterweight World Championship Broadcast Live in Movie Theaters Nationwide
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • TONIGHT!!! KINGS PROMOTIONS LIVE PODCAST AT 2300 ARENA
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • OMAR JUAREZ RETURNS THIS SATURDAY IN MINNESOTA
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • Hometown favorite Kendrick Ball, Jr. headlining at home to establish his place in Worcester's rich boxing history
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • HALL OF FAME BROADCASTER AL BERNSTEIN CONFIRMED FOR FIFTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO
    By , Fri, 22 Feb 2019
  • ERROL SPENCE JR. VS. MIKEY GARCIA ARLINGTON, TEXAS PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • Tapales on way back to throne
    By Joaquin Henson, Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL 'MIRACLE MAN' JACOBS TO EMBARK ON THREE-CITY INTERNATIONAL PRESS TOUR
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • JOE JOYCE vs. BERMANE STIVERNE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2019 philboxing.com.