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 Last update:  6/4/2012       Read more by Chris Robinson         
   
Garcia: Donaire Focused on Looking Good in Defense
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By Chris Robinson

Well-respected trainer Robert Garcia is on the road again, dividing his time between his bases of his personal facility in Oxnard, California and the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos six hours north.

While in Oxnard, Garcia will be working with former champions Brandon Rios, Kelly Pavlik and his core stable of fighters and his time in the Bay Area will see him working with WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire, whom Garcia reconnected with this past weekend.

Donaire is eyeing a July 7th return at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California against IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula and the early word coming from camp is that the Fil-Am star is working as rigorously as ever.

Its always great to join him and see him train, Garcia told me on Sunday evening. Hes always trained very hard and for this fight, the way I talked to him and the way that Ive talked to some of the assistants that hes got right there at the Undisputed Gym, hes training harder than ever. This is the hardest hes ever trained. Hes got great sparring partners, so hell be in great condition.

Garcia noted that Donaires chief sparring partners at this moment are once-beaten Greely, Colorado native Robert Rodriguez, who already had been prepping with Donaire, and Gilberto Sanchez Leon, a battle-tested Mexican with a 32-10-2 (12 KOs) record who Garcia brought to camp.

In an interesting side note, Garcia pointed out that if Rodriguez and Sanchez Leon are successful with Donaire, they will likely be brought to camp in Riverside as sparring mates for unbeaten featherweight contender Mikey Garcia, the younger brother of Robert who is getting ready for a July 28th duel with WBA champion Celestino Caballero.

Garcia also revealed that Donaire has stepped up his work with sprint coach Remi Korchemny, a surefire sign that he is pushing himself to the limit.

As everybody knows, hes working with Remi, the strength and conditioning coach that he has, added Garcia. And normally he [works with] Remi once a week and for this training camp hes working with him twice a week. Training with Remi is not easy; Ive seen his training and its very, very hard.

Donaires last ring endeavor saw him pull out a split-decision over brash Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on February 4th in San Antonio in a fight he won handily despite the courageous effort from his opponent over the second half of the bout. Many were expecting a quick blowout from Donaire on that night but Vazquez proved his worth by hanging around for the full twelve rounds.

Garcia sensed the detractors coming out after that match and instead of griping, Donaire is acting accordingly by preparing himself for a virtuoso performance against Mathebula.

Hes knows that its very important, Garcia stated. He knows that hes moved up in weight and that hes had a few criticisms from his last fight, especially for not knocking his opponent out. I thought he looked great against a solid champion. But theres always criticisms anytime you dont look too great, thats the first thing they do is criticize. So he knows that its very important for him to come out and give a good performance.

Now back in Oxnard, Garcia will be making the trek to Las Vegas this weekend, as Pavlik faces off with newfound rival Scott Sigmon at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Friday night while undefeated junior welterweight prospect Andrew Ruiz faces local favorite Taylor Larson one night later on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley undercard at the MGM Grand.

After handling business in Vegas, Garcia will get back to his temporary routine, which will likely see him in Oxnard from Monday to Wednesday while hitting up San Carlos Thursday through Saturday to work with Nonito.

For Garcia, the beat never seems to stop.

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Tags: Robert Garcia , Nonito Donaire , Jeffrey Mathebula , Donaire-Mathebula , Donaire vs Mathebula


 

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comment by devildg, on 06-04-2012
[QUOTE=KnockUTheFukOut]forget looking good, fight the best in your Division and beat them, looking good against lesser talent fighter does absolutely nothing for what is suppose to be a "TOP P4P Fighter" :no:[/QUOTE] i feel Nonito will not be effective beyond featherweight. He should probably st...

comment by KnockUTheFukOut, on 06-04-2012
forget looking good, fight the best in your Division and beat them, looking good against lesser talent fighter does absolutely nothing for what is suppose to be a "TOP P4P Fighter" :no:

comment by Carlos Alberto, on 06-04-2012
I'm gonna start off by saying that based off what I've seen on TV (in between rounds), I think that Garcia is a solid coach. What I don't think he is, is a great coach! It seems to me like one of his biggest mistakes, much like Freddie Roach, is that he's spreading himself too thin! I don't und...

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