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Mathebula's Promoter Likes Their Chances With Donaire

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

The camp of IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula believes his height and reach advantage “will make a difference” when he battles WBO champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in a unification title fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on July 7.

Mathebula’s well-known promoter Branco Milenkovic told the Manila Standard said that they also think  Mathebula is a natural junior featherweight and that could also give the South African an adge.

However, while they expect a “tough, hard fight and respect Donaire, Mathebula will be ready” even as they indicated  Donaire “is no secret and definitely not Manny Pacquiao.”

Mathebula said he is “very excited to unify the belts especially after the bad decision he received against  Celestino Caballero.”

The IBF champion who won the title from countryman Takalani Ndlovu has been back in the gym three weeks after winning the title last March 24 and said he has been in “very hard training in the past four weeks as I was preparing for a voluntary defense.”

Milenkovic reiterated that Mathebula who trains three times a day at the moment would be “ready if the fight was to be held this Saturday.”

Mathebula who is trained and managed by South Africa’s Nick Durandt has sparred almost 200 rounds so far against IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane who have Donaire some problems before he was badly cut and lost by a 6th round TKO on November 1, 2008, lightweight Godfrey “The Punisher”Nzimande, WBC International super bantamweight champion  Simphiwe Vetyeka, former IBF super featherweight champion  Malcolm “Stone”  Klassen, welterweight Boitsep “Gangster” Mandawe and bantamweight Lusanda Komanisi.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mastrangelo on 06-07-2012

He's getting really nice paringpartners there quality-wise. Too bad any of them isn't even slightly similar to Donaire.

Comment by UTEP on 06-07-2012

I doubt he's sparred 200 rounds with 5 weeks to go before the fight, but its good to here that hes training really hard with some good sparring parters. I dont think Donaire's ever fought a fighter that was taller…

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