Donaire Praises Francisco For Courage Shown in Loss

By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire was ringside at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas and watched former WBA super flyweight Interim champion  Drian Francisco drop a unanimous ten round decision to American Chris Avalos on a Top Rank presentation of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Donaire commended Francisco who he said “showed a lot of heart” but noted that Drian is “ an all out kind of guy but he’s got to prepare his body for all out punches like he does. He  goes all out with every punch without really targeting his opponent and misses and gets tired. For this you’ve got to be one hundred percent.”
The fight was marked by several vicious exchanges but Francisco who is trained by former world heavyweight contender Justin Fortune who was also one-time conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, appeared to fade in the late rounds and paid the price.
With the win  Avalos improved to 22-2 with 16 knockouts and captured the North American Boxing Organization super bantamweight  title while Francisco dropped to 24-2-1 with 19 knockouts.
All three judges had Avalos the winner by margins of 96-94 with two judges scoring it for the American 97-93.
Fortune told Standard that Franciso was doing well in the early rounds but in the fifth round he said “I can’t breathe.”
The trainer was surprised that Francisco faded because he had sparred twelve rounds at times and worked on the punch-mitts for ten rounds several times and showed no signs of getting tired.
Reacting to Donaire’s comments, Fortune said “that’s the way Drian fights he puts everything into it. That’s the way he spars, that’s the way he does the punch mitts.  He puts everything into every punch.”
Fortune said he is “still trying to figure out what happened” and he plans to have Francisco checked by a specialist on Monday fearing that even though Drian is not an asthmatic he may have had an attack which is not totally unusual in boxing.
The trainer added, Avalos “didn’t win the fight, Drian lost it.”
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Black Barty on 07-15-2013

[QUOTE=NoelBetances;13558623]Donaire needs to praise that a55 whooping Rigondeaux gave him...or is he still holding his eye?[/QUOTE] Whenever Donaire is mentioned these days, no matter the context, a keyboard warrior will surely take a little potshot at him.

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Comment by NoelBetances on 07-14-2013

Donaire needs to praise that a55 whooping Rigondeaux gave him...or is he still holding his eye?

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