Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Donaire in Top Form as The Mathebula Bout Nears

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire who makes the first defense of the title he won from former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr  against IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula in a unification bout at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on July 7, “looks terrific.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum used the words to describe the four division world champion in a conversation with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard even as Donaire continued to work out at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, California.

In what is expected to be a crucial test for Donaire, who looks to move up in weight and take on some of the best fighters in the featherweight division later on, has been sparring with taller opponents who approximate the 5’10” height of Mathebula.

Donaire’s sparring partners are Mexican featherweight Gilberto Sanchez Leon who is 5’11” tall and junior lightweight Robert Rodriguez of Clorado who is almost the same height.

Arum said Donaire was “not just good but sensational” indicating that fights fans are going to witness Ring Magazine’s No. 4  in the pound for pound ranking at his best.

Former world champion and Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia said that the 122 pound champion “ looks very strong and is very, very quick” adding that Donaire “is ready.”

Garcia said Donaire is “very strong” and has gained a lot of muscle working with Olympic track coach Remy Korchemny and James Bassel.

The Donaire-Mathebula title fight will be telecast by the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN Channel 2 at 10:00 a.m. on July 8.

Well known South African promoter Branco Milenkovic told us that they expect Mathebula’s “height and reach advantage to make a difference.”

Mathebula won the IBF title from countryman Takalani Ndlovu last March 24 and returned to the gym some three weeks later. He trains three times a day and is ready to take on the highly-touted Donaire.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Video: Mikey Garcia Talks Lomachenko-Linares, Lipinets, More McGuigan: Groves' Shoulder is Massive Concern For Tournament DeGale To Eubank Jr: Now Go Crawl Back Under Your Rock! Photos: David Benavidez Hands a Pure Beating To Ronald Gavril Photos: Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander Fight To Controversial Draw Photos: Danny Garcia Blasts Brandon Rios With a Monster Shot Thurman: Spence Can Beat Me? I Will Handle Him, Whoop His Ass! Photos: Groves Hands a Bloody Chris Eubank Jr. a Boxing Lesson Photos: Yordenis Ugas Stops Ray Robinson To Secure Spence Video: Brandon Rios Post-Fight Reaction To Knockout, More Video: Thurman, Porter Sit Down and Negotiate Rematch in Vegas Benavidez: I Was Told Gavril Suffered a Broken Jaw, Broken Nose Vincent Feigenbutz With Controversial TKO of Ryno Liebenberg Video: Angel Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Danny Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter- Confrontation in Las Vegas Photos: Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter - Face To Face, Trade Words Yordenis Ugas is Ready: I Want Errol Spence Next! Victor Ortiz Not Happy With Draw: I Did Enough To Win! Danny Garcia Drills a Very Game Brandon Rios in Ninth Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard David Benavidez Beats Down Ronald Gavril, Wins Decision David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Yordenis Ugas Stops Ray Robinson in Seven, Secures Spence Shot Devon Alexander, Victor Ortiz Battle To a Majority Draw Benavidez Intends to ‘Destroy’ Gavril, Solidify Spot in Division Caleb Plant Easily Out-Boxes ‘Porky’ Medina, Remains Unbeaten Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - CompuBox Historical Review Eubank Jr: Did I Underestimate George Groves? Maybe. Hamed Rips Eubank Jr: He Should Retire, Not at Level He Thinks He Is! George Groves vs. Chris Eubank - CompuBox Punch Stats Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - LIVE Results From Las Vegas George Groves Decisions a Bloody Chris Eubank Jr. George Groves vs. Chris Eubank - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Alexander: My Power Surprises People; Ortiz Will Be No Different Ronald Gavril: I'm a Smarter, Stronger Fighter Than Benavidez Sauerland: I Want To See Best Fighting The Best Every Year! Tony Bellew Sides With Groves, Dave Coldwell Picks Eubank Groves vs. Eubank - LIVE Results From Manchester Lolenga Mock vs. John Ryder in Play For April
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement