The father and trainer of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. expressed enough confidence that his son would score a convincing win for his first title defense against new challenger Zsolt Bedak of Hungary on April 23 here in Manila.
Donaire Sr., also known as Dodong, admitted though that he is not familiar with the former Olympian who represented the Hungarian national team in the 2004 Athens Olympics but stays confident that Donaire Jr. could defend well his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt.
“I’m confident that Jun Jun (Nonito Jr.) will win convincingly against Bedak. I believe that he can score a knockout in that fight because he is the best fighter in his weight class (super bantam),” Donaire Sr. told The Manila Times during a phone interview Sunday.
“If the knockout comes, it comes. We’ll just wait for a good timing,” he added.
Donaire Jr., who holds a 36-3 win-loss record with 23 knockouts, is presently staying in Manila. He is set to receive the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Athletes of the Year award on February 13 at the One Esplenade in Pasay City.
He explained also that there is a change of training venue for the five-division world champion since he is scheduled to return to US in the middle of February to resume his training and conditioning before going back to Manila again most likely by the end of March to wrap up the last week of training.
“I cannot say anything about the date yet of my arrival there in Manila because Nonito will still go back here in the US after attending the PSA awards night. We are going to start the training here in the US and then the sparring session.”
“I’m still not sure when we go there in Manila to resume the final week of his training. It is going to be an eight-week of training and sparring but I’m not sure how many days we’ll stay here in the US and there in Manila.”
Bedak, 32, holds 25-1 record with eight knockouts.
“I just watched his fights in youtube and I’m not familiar with him (Bedak). He is a fighter and tough, but our advantage against him is our height. Nonito is taller and quicker than him,” added Nonito Sr.
Donaire Jr., 33, posted a unanimous decision victory over Mexican Cesar Juarez last December 11 in Puerto Rico to recapture the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt.
JOSEF T. RAMOS