By Ronnie Nathanielsz
The manager of former five division world champion Nonirto “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has confirmed that No. 4 ranked Zsolt Bedak has agreed to the terms with Top Rank for his title fight against super bantamweight champion Donaire at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 9.
We spoke to Dunkin yesterday and he told us “I talked to the guy and we’ll get the contracts out but they have agreed to take the fight. We are gonna go forward.”
Donaire and his family have been on vacation at the beautiful El Nido resort in Palawan and are expected to return to Manila on Monday and start preparations for his training camp.
Bedak is a former member of the Hungarian Olympic team to the 2004 Athens Olympics where he scored an impressive victory over Abner Mares who later became a world champion in the pro ranks.
He reportedly fights very much like the original choice Evgeny Gradovich who eventually declined to face Donaire because the former featherweight world champion was having problems coming down to the 122 pound limit.
In his tune-up fight in Valencia, Spain Gradovich tipped the scale at 128 pounds and had a hard time against Mexican journeyman Jesus Galicia before winning a majority decision.
Rather than face Donaire, Gradovich has decided to take a ten round featherweight bout against unbeaten Oscar Valdez (18-0, 16 KO’s) ) on the undercard of the welterweight title fight between eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao and welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand on April 9.