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Donaire makes weight; calls on for support of kababayans

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On the eve of Top Rank Boxing’s event at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macau, China, both “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. and his French opponent Anthony Settoul both made weight in their super bantamweight bout.

Both boxers weighed in at 123 pounds during the weigh-ins held at the Venetian Hotel. According to Nonito Donaire Sr., father and head trainer of the “Filipino Flash”, the weight cut was a breeze for his son. “He had a great weight cut for this fight. It was because of the amazing training camp that we had,” he said.

Moreover, the training camp was great for Donaire. According to Donaire himself he thanked all the sparring partners he had for the fight. “Training camp was great, have a quality sparring with Albert Pagara, Mark Magsayo and Mark Bernaldes,” Donaire told Tiebreaker Times. “I’d like to thank the guys from ALA for a great camp. They prepared me well for this fight.”

For a prediction for the fight, the ever-humble Donaire said that he does not want to give any. “I don’t want to make any predictions. When we get up on that ring, expect a great fight,” he enthusiastically declared. Finally, he called on all his fellow Filipinos to support him tomorrow. “Sana mapanood ng ating mga kababayan at suportahan ako sa aking mga laban tulad ng pagsuporta sa ating pang-bansang kamao na si Manny Pacquiao,” he said in straight Filipino.

The 34-3 former WBA World super featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (34-3) will face 28 year old Anthony Settoul (20-3) tomorrow at 8:30pm tomorrow, July 18 at the Cotai Arena, Macau, China. Donaire last fought here in Manila during the Pinoy Pride 30 event when he defeated William Prado via a 2nd round TKO. This will be his opponent’s first fight outside of Europe and has won 11 of his last 12 bouts. Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow and follow us on Twitter @TiebreakerTimes.

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