World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will defend his title today against former Olympian Zsolt Bedak of Hungary at the Cebu City Sports Center in Cebu.
Donaire’s father and trainer “Dodong” said his son is ready and excited to take on the 32-year-old Bedak that boasts of a record of 25 wins and a single loss with eight knockouts.
Donaire registered 121.75 pounds while Bedak 121.5 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in.
“I’m very confident that Nonito will give his best on Saturday. Nonito’s condition looks good but I’m sure he won’t take Bedak lightly who has a good amateur background,” The older Donaire told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “I’m sure Bedak for his part won’t just back down.”
“We ended the sparring a week ago and the training session yesterday. He is resting and eating a day before the bout. We already have a game plan. I’m hoping we execute it tomorrow,” he added.
Though Donaire (36-3 record with 23 knockouts) is eyeing to score a knockout in the first six rounds, his father and trainer reiterated that his son doesn’t need a knockout to win as long as he accurately delivers powerful punches against his foe.
“I believe a knockout will just come with proper timing. Nonito should land accurately on his punches,” said Nonito Sr.
Bedak, who is coming off a 10-fight winning streak since March 2013, is expected to use timing to outclass Donaire.
The “Filipino Flash,” 33, reclaimed the WBO belt after scoring a unanimous decision win over Mexican Cesar Juarez in December 11, 2015 in Puerto Rico.
In the other bouts, Mark Magsayo will face Chris Avalos for the WBO International featherweight belt while Jason Pagara will take on fellow junior welterweight Miko Zamudio.
JOSEF T. RAMOS