FIVE-DIVISION world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire continues to train hard for his World Boxing Organization super bantamweight title defense against world No. 4-ranked former Hungarian Olympian Zsolt Bedak at the Cebu Sports Center on April 23.
Despite the sweltering heat, Donaire did 10 rounds on the punch-mitts and four rounds of shadow boxing, “moving around in the heat.”
The 122-pound champion described it as “great and an amazing day of training.”
He said he wondered how Bedak is going to cope with the stifling heat considering he is coming in from Europe on the week of the fight.
Donaire, who is leaving for Cebu on Saturday to check out what the weather is like at the sprawling venue, said he won’t spar any more there as he tapers off.
“I am ready to put on a show,” Donaire told The Standard, adding this is for the huge crowd of fight fans expected to show up for the title defense, which highlights an exciting card with unbeaten Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo battling highly rated American Chris Avalos in the main supporting bout.
Donaire said he was very pleased that ABAP president Ricky Vargas was considering hiring his father/trainer “Dodong” Donaire to train the country’s amateur boxers preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio in August and the fighters set to compete in the remaining two qualifying tournaments in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
Vargas said he is hoping that at least two more boxers can qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The remaining contenders are Eumir Felix Marcial, Carlos Bautista, Mario Fernandez and female star Nesthy Petecio, who appeared to have been robbed of a decision in during the qualifying tournament in Qan’ An, China last month.
Donaire helped his trainer/father in giving the boxers some drills and kept urging the boxers on while they trained in the US.
Boxing executive director Ed Picson said it (US training) was “really very productive” as Donaire gave the fighters a motivational/inspirational talk which was set to last 10 minutes, but went on for over 30 minutes “because Nonito spoke from the heart.”
“There is nothing you cannot do if you put your heart into it. You have to believe in yourself because if you don’t, who else will,” Donaire said.
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