|Once the Hottest thing in Boxing, Nonito Donaire wants to Entertain
By Vikram Birring, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 31, 2012) Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank
Nonito Donaire was the hottest thing
Coming off a destructive knockout of
Fernando Montiel, an assault so vicious that it left Montiel on the
floor with his legs shaking involuntarily, Donaire was the talk of
the boxing world.
He was mentioned in the same breath as
countryman Manny Pacquiao and superstar Floyd Mayweather.
The luster disappeared in a span of
forty-seven minutes, through no fault of his own.
Omar Narvaez of Argentina was thought
to be an excellent opponent, a man with an honorable amateur pedigree
and astonishing professional career.
Yet, like many others, he was jolted
when he tasted Donaire’s power.
However, unlike the others, instead of
trying to fight back, he instead simply showed off his defensive
skills, to the chagrin of five thousand paying fans in New York
City’s Madison Square Garden theatre.
Sure, Donaire got a victory, but this
was the worst way to win. At this level, one must not just win, but
win an impressive fashion that leaves the audience wanting more.
Now, Donaire has been relegated to
undercard status, as he fights underneath Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in
San Antonio, Texas, USA.
He is in a position to approve and
reject opponents, and has made a vow to pick only those who will put
on a good show, as he realizes that you are only as good as your last
Hopefully his career can pick up
momentum and catch up to where it was, for Donaire is an excellent
boxer with stunning power and perfect technique. His next chance is
February 4, as he faces Wilfredo Vasquez Jr., who himself is trying
to shake off a performance he’d rather forget, a stoppage against
Jorge Arce last May.
Vasquez has vowed he will fight
Donaire, and his left hook is powerful and compact. Donaire relishes
the thought, and hopes that soon he will be back atop the status he
once had not so long ago.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. seeks to prove doubters wrong Vikram Birring
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