Nonito Donaire Jr.

October 22, 2011 by staff 

Nonito Donaire Jr.Nonito Donaire Jr., Everyone expected Nonito Donaire Jr. to make weight for his first defense of the bantamweight title, and the last. Nobody expected it to be so clear, however.

Donaire, wearing pants with the logo of the comic book hero “The Flash”, according to his nickname “The Filipino Flash”, expressed concern about overtraining when tipped the balance in the account surprisingly low of 116.25 pounds for his fight with the undefeated champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Weight Donaire was the first time in three cckfighting has intervened in the limit, which was closer to the limit of super-flyweight 115 pounds. Narvaez, who is moving bantamweight after winning world titles at 112 and 115 pounds, weighed some 117 pounds heavier.

Donaire, 26-1 (18 KOs) of San Leandro, California, through Bohol, Philippines is currently fourth in the magazine The Ring, pound for pound ranking, while Narvaez 36 years of age, 36-0 -2 (19 KOs) in Cordoba, Argentina is generally considered the best fighter at 115 pounds.

After making the weight, Donaire is brisk away from your computer to rehydrate quickly, as his coach and former world champion Morris East Donaire expected with the post-weighin ritual meal of green bananas and chicken soup.

Donaire does not worry coach

Donaire underweight seemed to awaken the trust of the director Sebastian Narvaez Rivera, who said his ward does not have weight problems.

“Have you seen him? At the weigh-in was very tired,” said Rivera. “But tomorrow (Saturday, Sunday, Manila time), is another day. Nonito is a very professional and certainly going to be good at fighting.”

Donaire’s head coach Roberto Garcia did not outwardly appear to be affected, said Donaire was a pound and a half above the limit of one hour before weighing and weight loss, excess water.

“I just had an excess of water and more than enough left,” said Garcia, who was also a world champion. “It’s not because overtraining or anything. Started shadow boxing and sweating, sweating a little more of what was supposed to.”

Garcia said Donaire was 124 pounds last night and said he hopes Donaire enter the ring Saturday night between 128 and 130 pounds.

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Among the observers who attended the weighing privacy were former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who shares the same promoter (Top Rank) and director (Cameron Dunkin) and Donaire. Pavlik and Donaire are known from their amateur days, when both competed in the United States Olympic trials in 1999.

“Right now is on the top of his game,” said Pavlik, who, like Donaire has met with Top Rank in recent months, only to reconcile shortly after. “I think it will be interesting for the first two rounds, but then I see Donaire away pretty quickly.”

Another, perhaps more interested spectator at the weigh-in the former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico, which may be an attractive opponent for Donaire in the near future as Donaire up the scales.

“This will undoubtedly be a great fight at Madison Square Garden,” said CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum, who promotes both fighters. “Nonito is blessed with a large number of fighters in the bantamweight division, super bantamweight and featherweight. There is a lack of opponents very well.”

Donaire’s next fight is rumored that in January, is likely to be against WBO super bantamweight Jorge Arce, 02/06/58 (45 KOs) of Mexico and Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan, 4/2/39 (24 KOs), who is the plaintiff’s title WBC super bantamweight.

When asked about what they expected to participate on Saturday, Arum said he expects about 4,000 of the 4,500 seats available to be filled.

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