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Most of the hard work is done. Camp is tapering off, and in a few days, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. will be off to the Big Apple for some fun.
Insider Notes from Donaire’s Narvaez training camp: Straight from camp; straight from dSource.
Donaire is definitely ready to move up after Omar Narvaez. After checking in with Victor Conte last week, his muscle mass has definitely increased. Unlike other nutrition and conditioning coaches, Conte monitors Donaire’s blood levels almost on a weekly basis.
This type of scientific approach to conditioning is still relatively unknown in the very “old school” world of boxing. Reason why a lot of “old school” boxing people have reservations with Conte’s involvement with Donaire. Some do their research; some would rather speculate and open their mouth. It’s a free country.
Straight from Skype, an innovation I, of all people, very seldom use, Donaire revealed to me that it would be more challenging for him to make weight this time around compared to the Montiel camp last Feb. Immediately I felt a pang of disappointment knowing a match-up with the winner of the Agbeko-Mares rematch and a unification of the 118 belts pretty much just went out the door.
Donaire has been training harder than ever too. In the same day, Wednesday last week in San Mateo, Donaire told me he did 15 rounds of mitts and did his grueling track training with Remi Korchemny (Click here to get a clue on how that looks).
Former world champion Morris East (youngest Pinoy champ in history) has been helping Donaire with his mitt work for this camp, stepping in for Jonathan Penalosa who had difficulties securing a working visa.
Donaire had sparred 12 rounds last week, and is tapering off with 10 and down to 8 this week, and is feeling great; says he’s excited to get back to do what he does best inside the boxing ring.
The dynamic of having his fight in New York at the Madison Square Garden gives Donaire the goosebumps. Since beating Darchinyan in Connecticut back in 7/7/7, Donaire has yet to fight in the East Coast, and is looking forward to putting on a show for his fans from the Tri State who have been very supportive with his career.
Donaire is also taking his pink wardrobe seriously. Seriously? Seriously! Donaire will be wearing pink gloves, pink trunks, pink everything! All for breast cancer awareness. Donaire and his wife Rachel are passionate about the cause, and are going to actively promote awareness and give away things such as fliers, shirts, bracelets etc. (All I got to say is: I’ve been wearing “I Love Boobies” bracelets from “Save a Breast” for more than 2 years now, and I am not designing pink boxing boots)
There’s also this search Donaire is doing, for the person to sing the Philippine National Anthem in New York. Interesting. Donaire is also interested in doing a benefit concert in the Philippines after the fight. Sometimes when we touch? Check out this video as Donaire samples his singing skills.
(For the full Skype Interview with Nonito Donaire, Jr. CLICK THIS LINK)
(CLICK HERE to watch a video recap of Pinoy Pride 9 – Nietes vs. Garcia Straight from dSource)
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Filipino Sports Examiner Dennis ‘dSource’ Guillermo is a freelance sports writer. You can find his articles on TV 5’s Interaksyon.com, BoxingScene.com, The SunStar newspaper in the Philippines and SportsManila.net.
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