Taguig prays for victory of adopted son Donaire vs Japanese fighter

October 11, 2012 4:40 am 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano called on her constituents to pray for the continued success of the city’s adopted son, boxing champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr., as he looks to conquer another big name atop the squared ring on October 13.

“As our idol Nonito prepares to climb up the ring against another tough opponent, I urge all Taguigeños to embolden our champion’s resolve through the power of prayer,” said Cayetano.

Donaire squares off with classy Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka on Oct. 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Up for grabs will be The Ring and the WBC Diamond super bantamweight belts.

Cayetano said the boxer is one of the best role models not only for Taguigeños but for all Filipinos as well. She noted that she admires Donaire for not merely relying on his innate talent, but also giving his utmost dedication to constantly improve and succeed in his craft.

“We are with you Nonito in your new quest for glory, but what we want most of all is for you to step out of the ring safe from harm,” she added.

Donaire, with a record of 29-1-0, is the current unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) super bantamweight champion.

Most boxing pundits have branded the Donaire-Nishioka match up as a very competitive one, with the Japanese riding an eight-year winning streak. Nishioka (39-4-3) won the WBC super bantamweight belt in 2009 and has successfully defended it six times.

Donaire, on the other hand, is also on an extended winning streak and many of his bouts ended in spectacular fashion. A switch-hitter, Donaire is a four-division world champion and is included in the Top 5 of nearly all “Pound-for-Pound” rankings in boxing.

In his last outing on July 7, the Filipino Flash decked South Africa’s Jeffery Mathebula in the fourth round en route to a lopsided unanimous decision win. The victory earned for Donaire the IBF strap.

A little known fact about Donaire is that he fought his seventh professional fight in Taguig City on November 2, 2002, demolishing Filipino Mark Sales via fifth-round technical knockout (TKO) at the Joe Cantada Boxing Arena. (PNA)

LAM/CLTC

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