Donaire shows power during sparring


FORMER world bantamweight title holder Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. showed tremendous power and speed in his sparring session on Tuesday against fellow former World Boxing Council super bantamweight silver champion Sylvester Lopez.

Nonito’s father and chief trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. said that his son is getting stronger and faster with only less than two weeks left before he challenges South African Simpiwe Vetyeka on May 31 in a title fight at the Plush Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.

“Everything looks good so far,” Nonito Sr. told The Manila Times. “He sparred very well and I think he improves in many aspects including his punching power and speed. I believe he will able to improve more before the fight night comes in.”

“It’s no longer a question of how he fights in his new weight class but how he will stay longer during the fight but I believe his stamina and endurance also improved well,” said Donaire Sr.

Donaire Jr. (32-2 win-loss record with 21 knockouts) scored a ninth round technical knockout against Vic Darchinyan in their rematch last November.

He lost his World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association bantamweight belt via unanimous decision to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux last May 2013.

“We are very confident that Nonito could become a world title holder again like Manny Pacquiao,” said Nonito Sr. “I also believe that knockout will come because my son is in good condition, but let’s see. As long as we dominate the fight, that will be great.”


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