Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Donaire-Mathebula: Many Expect Tough Fight, Fireworks

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire faces the fight of his life against IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula who towers over him at 5' 10" and warns Donaire " he is coming into waters he has never been before."

Donaire told Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN who will be at ringside at the Home Depot Center to cover the fight with this reporter over the top-rated Channel 2 and The Filipino Channel that reaches huge audiences in the Middle East that it is the first time he is meeting a much taller opponent which makes it "the  biggest challenge I have faced."

However, Donaire who is a four-division world champion best remembered for his spectacular 5th round knockout  of hard-hitting Vic Darchinyan to win the IBF/IBO flyweight title in 2007 and who then won the WBC/WBO bantamweight title with a a sensational second round knockout of Mexican veteran Fernando "Cochulito" Montiel in October 2010 which were chosen as "Knockout of the Year" noted that Mathebula "is taller but I have
the bigger body."

He attributed the solid physical and muscular make-up to the plyometrics routine of strength and conditioning coach Mike Basel and said "we worked at it all throughout. We did it more consistently. Before I had rest days,this time it was every day."
  
In a brief exchange in the face-off Donaire figured "this is the only time I'm going to look up at you. Next time I'll be looking down at you on the canvas," clearly indicating he is looking for an impressive performance in the intriguing unification title bout.

Donaire said he is prepared to break Mathebula down by going to the body but said that based on his sparring with similarly tall fighters he could "get him anywhere, body or head" adding that while he "won't predict the outcome I always long to win by a knockout, so hopefully we can do that."
 
Mathebula, his trainer Nick Durandt and well-known international promoter Branco Milenkovic were confident of beating Donaire. Mathebula told us in an almost cocky fashion "I am confident to deliver the goods on Saturday. I have trained for eight weeks with the best sparring partners available including former two-time IBF champion Malcolm Klassen and have done over 300 rounds of sparring especially for this fight because Donaire is a good fighter."

But the South African bragged," I have everything. Besides I'm taller and I'm smarter" pointing out that he had fought for 11 years as a super bantamweight while Donaire "is not a natural super bantam, he is like a flyweight."

He said "I am ready and at the weigh in I feel like I wanted to punch him right there, right now and knock him out in the first round. I felt like I was getting more angry  and we could start now. Nonito you'll be s--t tomorrow. I'll show you."

Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera who will cover the fight for Mexican television told the Manila Standard and  ABS-CBN " I think it will be a tough fight for Donaire. People know that he's the next Manny Pacquiao so he comes to win. Mathebula is very strong, puts pressure but Nonito has the experience and the poise to win the fight. I think its possible for Donaire to win by KO. I think Nonito has to go to the body, just like the Mexicans."

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said after Timothy Bradley's split decision win over Pacquiao which was condemned around the world  it would be best to "win by KO so as not to rely on the judges." When asked about the assignment of a South African judge and two American judges (Steve Morros, Lou Morret) Arum said "everybody signed off on South African judge (Deon Dwarte). He is supposed to be very good judge. The fact that he's South African doesn't disqualify him. After all Nonito is a Filipino-American and he's got two American judges."

Top Headlines Yarde Feels Power is on Level With Kovalev, Stevenson, Beterbiev Andre Ward Leaves The Door Open - "I Do Miss Fighting" Dejan Zlaticanin Bounces Back With First Round Destruction Tete, Dubois, Yarde, Skeete Return on February 10 Jessie Vargas: I Want To Conquer Welterweight Division! Cletus Seldin: My Career is Going Exactly How I've Wanted Nicola Adams Aims To Win a World Title in 2018 Tyson Fury: I Won't Be Forced Into Hard Fights Until I'm Fit! Bacskai, Egedi, Torteli Back in Action in Hungary Klitschko: I Passed Torch To Joshua, He Can Unify The Division Saunders: Lemieux's Death Talk Stupid, Disrespectful to Boxing Jason Quigley Leaves Robles, Will Work With Dominic Ingle Carlos Morales Picks Up Technical Decision Win in Indio Photos: Chaves vs. James, Molina vs. Redkach - Weigh-In Photos: Jessie Vargas, Aaron Herrera - Ready For Battle Saunders Dares Lemieux To Accept Big Bet on Fight Outcome Hopkins: Lemieux Must Be at His Very Best To Beat Saunders Daniel Jacobs: Unless Lemieux Gets Lucky, Saunders Will Win Felix Verdejo To Return on March 17, Manager Vows Better Year Easter-Fortuna Added to Spence-Peterson Card 1/20 at Barclays Mayweather-McGregor Banks 4.3 Million Buys, Says Showtime Lipinets: I Expect To Hit Mikey Garcia - Let's See How He Handles It! Photos: Seldin vs. Ulysse, Douglas vs. O'Sullivan - Final Presser Hearn: Tyson Fury Can Face Whyte in Return: Then Bellew, Joshua Barthelemy vs. Relikh II For Vacant WBA Title on Garcia-Lipinets Mikey Garcia to Face Sergey Lipinets February 10 in San Antonio Photos: Saunders, David Lemieux Get Tense at Final Presser Yvan Mendy May Inch Closer To Title Shot With Another Win David Lemieux Vows Beating, To Put Saunders Through Hell Video: Badou Jack, Shawn Porter Discuss Future Plans, More Klitschko Auctions Off Robe From Joshua Fight, With USB Prediction Erik Skoglund Remains in an Induced Coma Following Surgery Photos: Alexander Povetkin, Christian Hammer - Ready For War Photos: Conor Benn Wins a Wild War To Keep Record Intact Lemieux: I'm a Whole Different Guy Than I Was Against Golovkin Parker's Trainer: My Fighter's Resume is Better Than Joshua's! Spence: Fractured Eye Sockets Must Be in Back of Brook's Mind Saunders Took Precautions To Avoid Possible Lemieux Spies Frank Warren: The Moment of Truth is Here For Billy Joe Saunders Khan: Now I Know Why Pacquiao Picked Horn - And He Still Lost!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement