Donaire to focus on conditioning in training

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Sunday, May 18, 2014


CONDITIONING is always a crucial part of a boxer’s regimen. It is the most integral feature that a boxer should possess in a 12-round world title fight.

Nonito Donaire Jr. is expected to have that in his arsenal coming into his world title fight with World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka at the end of the month.

“He’s doing very good. He is more conditioned now than he was in the (Vic) Darchinyan fight,” Donaire Jr.’s father and trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. told Sun.Star Cebu.

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The fight between Donaire Jr. and Vetyeka is the main event of Top Rank’s boxing show at the Cotai Arena in Macau on May 31.

Donaire Jr. has tapped the services of Nick Curson as his strength and conditioning coach here in the Philippines. Curson did wonders with World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes in his last fight. Nietes looked well-conditioned and strong and knocked out challenger Moises Fuentes, whom he figured to a draw in their first encounter last year.

“Conditioning is a plus in our training,” said Donaire Sr.

Donaire Jr. looked a little bit sluggish in his last fight against bitter rival Vic Darchinyan last year. It was his debut at featherweight and he stopped Darchinyan in the ninth round.

“A knockout will come. He lacked training in the Drachinyan fight because he was injured and he had flu,” said Donaire Sr.

The 31-year-old Donaire Jr. set up his training camp for this fight in the Philippines. He opened up camp with a few weeks at the ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu City before moving up to Manila and continued his training at the Elorde Gym.

Donaire Jr. sparred with unbeaten Cuban Reyme Castillano Aleye in Cebu and has former world title challenger Sylvester Lopez as his main sparring partner in Manila.

Donaire Jr. is gunning for his fifth division crown in this fight. He has been a champion in the flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions.

Vetyeka though is no pushover. He is the only boxer that dented the immaculate record of Indonesian superstar Chris John and sent him into retirement. He beat John by a sixth round stoppage in Australia last December.

Donaire Jr. is 32-2 with 21 knockouts, while the 33-year-old South African is 26-2 with 16 knockouts.

“Vetyeka is good that is why we will work hard to get the title,” said Donaire Sr. (EKA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 18, 2014.

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