Sports writers and analysts make predictions on Donaire fight

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 6, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Before he left Las Vegas, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. geared up for his upcoming fight this weekend with heavy and intense training—practicing on his ferocious punches, and testing his accuracy.

This will be a significant comeback for Donaire six months after the birth of his son Jarel.

Donaire says, he is more inspired this time, because his dad Nonito Sr. is in his camp.

“I’m going give it my all during training so that I’ll be ready for the fight,” Donaire said.

Veteran sports writer Kevin Iole says Donaire is in the prime of his boxing career for this fight with Vic Darchinyan. Iole is expecting Donaire to knock out the Armenian boxer.

“I like Nonito Donaire, but you know Nonito just had a couple of bad performances,” Iole said. “He needs to step up. He showed no adjustment against Rigondeaux and I think Nonito is really a talented guy. He really needs to straighten up whatever was going on with his game. He showed no ability to adjust in that loss to Rigondeaux and I think he really needs to turn things around. But I like Nonito Donaire as a fighter.”

“Nonito should score a win by knock out on that fight,” Iole added.

Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. also picked Donaire for a win, but not for a knockout.

“Because he’ll win the first fight, I don’t know about knockout,” Chavez said. “Knockout sometimes come, sometimes no. But I think he’ll win the fight.”

Some boxing analysts said, even though Donaire has the edge in terms of power and speed over Darchinyan, Donaire still needs to take this fight seriously.

“I think Darchinyan is coming up in weight,” Jaime Motta of Univision Sports said. “He feels better as this weight. However, I think he is still not going to be able to stop Nonito’s speed. He is not going to be able to counter Nonito’s power. I think we could see the same result—another knockout by Nonito. The one thing he does have to do is go back to his roots. He can’t let all the press and all the accolades get into his head and just think that he is going to win just because he is stepping in the ring.”

“I think he is probably taking it a little bit more serious now,” he added. “I think his loss to Rigondeaux really hit home.”

Donaire will slug it out in a triple headline at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas this Saturday.

The fight will air Sunday morning on ABS-CBN.

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  • JD
    6 November 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    If Donaire fight like his last match. He will lose his fight,the last fight he didn’t show anything at all ! Good Luck you need it, because I think your not a good fighter !

  • Roy
    7 November 2013 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    In my opinion, Nonito will will by decision, coming from a shoulder surgery, no matter how good the surgery was. There is a phychological effect for a boxer, specially on the first fight after surgery…,. A boxer will try not to abuse it, meaning will hold his punch, thinking it might crack again…, he might just be contended on jab run, jab solid, run jab, tactics just to win points.