Donaire is out to impress
Filipino Pocket Rocket Nonito Donaire is fit and ready to make the first defence of his WBC and WBO bantamweight crowns against the undefeated Argentine Omar Narvaez on October 22.
The 28 year-old southpaw from San Leandro in California faces Narvaez at the famous Madison Square Garden Theater in New York and insists he is so ready to impress in his first title defence that he could face Narvaez tomorrow.
Speaking during a media conference call on Thursday night Donaire said: We never take anything lightly no matter who our opponent is. We are really training hard and doing our best. I know that I am ready regardless of whether the fight is today or tomorrow.
“My mentality is to be 100%. To be at Madison Square Garden – the list of fighters who have fought there is historical. It is an honor to be fighting in Madison Square Garden. It is going to be very exciting and our goal is to get out there and entertain and to show the people where I am, like Jack Dempsey did and those old fighters – the old Italian fighters, the old Irish fighters and the old Jewish fighters. I have watched them all and it is incredible that I will be there and we are going to put our heart and soul and give everything that I’ve got.
Donaire also revealed he has nothing but the utmost respect for the historically great boxers and hope to emulate them in the ring. “It is a big part of me looking at the old school fights. I may not know the names of the fighters, but just the fights they have put together from Sugar Ray Robinson and Carmen Basilio and just how incredible those guys were. They fought with no fear and they fought guys over and over. They showed incredible heart – something that I would like to bring out there – that we have the heart to fight anybody and that’s how I am as a fighter.
So how did Donaire arrive at the decision to face Narvaez in his first title defence? “There were choices given to Top Rank and HBO. I don’t care who I fight. I just tell them what I want the fighter to be. I want the fighter to be a good fighter. Narvaez is a credible fighter. He is a champion and a legend in Argentina. As a fighter I am willing to fight anybody.”
It is not secret that at age 28 and at 5ft 7 that Donaire is finding it increasingly more difficult to make the 118lbs limit and confirmed the Narvaez fight will be his last at bantamweight.
“This will definitely be my last fight at 118,” said Donaire. “Making 118 is difficult – the last two fights, it was easy but with my workout routine I have increased my muscle mass. Tests have showed that it has increased from the last fight to the Montiel fight to now. As you know, muscle is more difficult to shed that fat or water. We want to be healthy and be at our best so 122 we are looking forward to. There are a lot of incredible fighters that Top Rank has at 122, and champions we are willing to face. I am looking forward to it but l never look past what is in front of us.”
October 14, 2011