The trainer/father of five division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (37-3, 24KOs) believes that a rematch between Nonito and Mexico’s rugged Cesar Juarez (18-5, 14KOs) will be “a good one.”

“Dodong” Donaire told Standard that a rematch is “what the people and the network (ABS-CBN) want” and indicated he too would be ready for a rematch.

Juarez who scored a stunning 8th round knockout of previously undefeated Prince Albert Pagara before a sell-out crowd  at the San Mateo Events Center on Saturday night in California, after being dropped by a classic left hook in the dying seconds of the opening round stormed back with a flurry of wicked body shots that had Pagara groggy at the end of round seven before a four-punch combination sent Pagara to the canvas in the eight round.

At that point Pagara was prostrate on all fours before he was stretched out and rushed to the Stanford Medical Center where he was pronounced “fine” after a CTScan and other tests and was cleared to fly home on Monday.

However, doctors advised Pagara that he should not engage in any contact sports for at least two weeks although existing rules of the Philippine Games and Amusements Board prescribe a 45 day layoff following a knockout.

Although he didn’t watch the fight “Dodong” Donaire  said he understands that Pagara stood in front of Juarez and exchanged big shots which was a tactical mistake and he eventually paid the price.

When Donaire and Juarez clashed for the vacant WBO title in Puerto Rico last December it was marked by several brutal exchanges in the second half of the fight which Donaire won handily following two knockdowns he scored in the 4th round that negated the comeback of Juarez in the championship rounds.–106544?print_friendly=1

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz –

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is improving with every training session as he prepares for his title defense against former Hungarian Olympian and world No. 4 ranked Zsolt Bedak at the Cebu Sports Center on April 23.

The father/trainer of the former five division world champion, “Dodong” Donaire Sr told Standard that Nonito “is getting better and better every week.”

He said he sparred eight rounds with unbeaten Michigan featherweight, 25 year old Raeese Alem who he said “fights like Bedak and is very fast” and Nonito looked “very good.”

The father/trainer told us Nonito “is getting in shape, going down in weight and instead of slowing down he’s getting so much better. His speed and power is there. He’s going to be fine.”

Dodong” Donaire  said they have been watching tapes of Bedak’s fights and they would do more in the days ahead.

Team Donaire is scheduled to arrive in Manila next Monday and will resume sparring on Tuesday at the Wild Card Gym of the late Rod Nazario in BF Homes, Paranaque on Tuesday and have chosen super featherweight Virgil Puton of General Santos City with whom Nonito sparred before, as sparring partner.

The 26 year old Puton who is trained by Jun Arlos has a record of 16-7 with 7 knockouts.–102841?print_friendly=1