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 BoxingScene.com/Tthe 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.