Donaire, balik-bantamweight sa WBSS

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HANDANG-HANDA na si five-division world titlist Nonito Donaire, Jr. na sumabak sa Muhammad Ali Trophy sa bantamweight division.

“I’m really looking forward to the tournament,” sabi ng 35-anyos na si Donaire hinggil sa World Boxing Super Series.

Posibleng makaharap ni Donaire sa torneo ang mga tulad nina WBA bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue ng Japan, WBO 118 pounds ruler Zolani Tete ng South Africa, IBF ruler Emmanuel Rodriguez ng Puerto Rico, WBA “super’ bantamweight titleholder Ryan Burnett ng United Kingdom at top rated Jason Moloney ng Australia.

“People always asked about my goal and I said to be undisputed. With this tournament, that goal is now attainable,” sabi ni Donaire sa Fightnews.com. “Entering the tournament gives me an opportunity to showcase my capabilities against the best in this division. This division is stacked with talent and that’s really exciting!”

May rekord si Donaire na 38 panalo, 5 talo na may 24 pagwawagi sa knockouts na kinatakutan nang magkampeon sa WBC at WBO bantamweight division noong 2011.

“I believe my size, experience and most of all my power will give me the edge over my opponents,” ani Donaire.

Ayon naman sa Chief Boxing Officer ng Comosa na nagtataguyod sa WBSS na si Kalle Sauerland, karapat-dapat na lumahok si Donaire sa torneo para sa Muhammad Ali Trophy.

“Donaire is a legend in the game and an amazing addition to the Ali Trophy action,” ani Sauerland. “He has fought in various divisions, but will look at his very best in the 118lb line-up because of exceptionally fast hand speed and terrific punching power.”

-Gilbert Espeña