World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out his sparring partner during training session on Tuesday morning before leaving for Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday.
Assistant trainer and father Nonito “Dodong” Donaire Sr. told The Manila Times in phone interview that super featherweight Glenn Medura suffered a knockdown in the eighth round after receiving a lot of body shots.
“Medura was down in the eighth round and it was a good sign. It was not full blast. Tinapunan lang ng body shot (He was just simply hit with a body shot),” said Donaire Sr., indicating that Nonito’s combinations of punches are still powerful.
The knockdown has showed his preparedness against the undefeated Japanese world champion Naoya Inoue.
The unification bout between Donaire Jr. and the 26-year-old International Boxing Federation and WBA regular bantamweight titleholder Inoue (18-0 with 16 knockouts) is the final round of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight bout on November 7 at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Besides Medura, the 36-year-old Donaire Jr. also sparred with reigning World Boxing Council Asia Pacific bantamweight champion Jun Blazo last week at the UFC gym in Alabang.
Donaire just finished a total of 42 rounds of sparring session in the Manila training camp.
“Maayos ang galaw niya sa sparring lalo na last Friday, nakasampu siya, maganda ang training niya dito mainit ang lugar at hindi siya exhausted (He moves well in sparring especially last Friday, he finished 10. The training here is good because of the warm weather and he’s not exhausted),” said Donaire Sr. adding that they would be leaving Manila for Japan in the morning.
Donaire Jr. is motivated heading to the fight because according to his father, he is considered an underdog against the reigning unbeaten International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight and WBA regular champion Inoue.
“Underdog siya rito isa yun sa nagmomotivate sa kanya (He is underdog in this fight and that’s one that motivates him),” added the older Donaire.
Experience, speed and power will be his son’s key in winning the fight.
“Magaling si Nonito at hindi bara-bara ang suntok niya. In terms of experience, nandun pa rin ang bilis at lakas niya (Nonito is a great fight and he’s not reckless when it comes to his punches. In terms of experience, his speed and experience are still there).”
Donaire is holding a 40-5 win-loss record with 26 knockouts.
Besides the world titles, the Muhammad Ali trophy is also at stake in the fight.