Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire
Bay Area Sports Drive
Area Sports Drive had the distinct pleasure of interviewing arguably
the best boxer living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nonito "The
Filipino Flash" Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) who lives in San Leandro,
California and trains at Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos.
He is the current interim WBA super flyweight champion and is ranked by
Ring Magazine as the #4 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. We caught up
with Nonito as he was preparing for his next fight scheduled for July 10,
2010 in Puerto Rico against Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (27-1, 20 KOs) of
BASD: How has the training camp gone for the upcoming fight with
Nonito Donaire: It has been excellent. I have Robert Garcia coming
up with good gameplans. My sparring partners, such as Steven Luevano, have
been great. These guys are much bigger than I am. They are making me move
a lot, they are pressuring me a lot. BASD: How would you describe your
boxing style? When I watch you fight, you appear to be a boxer/puncher
with very good boxing skills.
ND: My style is more of a mimic from everything. When I was young,
I watched Tyson, De La Hoya, Trinidad. And Chavez - that is why I am able
to move my head and slip punches or I can counter. I think you could say
that I am a boxer/puncher. My father based my style and hook on Alexis
BASD: You landed a picture-perfect left hook to knockout Vic
Darchinyan. Break down how that punch came to be the knockout shot.
ND: We planned that punch from the get-go. When I threw that hook,
I felt like I went through his body, like I was a ghost and went through
him. Then all of a sudden he falls in front of me.
BASD: There has been a lot of talk about a rematch with Vic
Darchinyan. The fight was very close to being signed several times but his
side seems to be making it difficult for the fight to actually happen.
What is your take on the situation?
ND: At this point I am pretty fed up. I am not going to wait. The
fight should have happened and they apparently did not want to make it
happen "right now". I don't know what type of game they are playing but I
don't like playing games. It is usually 50/50 but he was getting $100,000
more than me. I accepted the fight.... why didn't he want to make the
fight happen? That is the question.
BASD: How do you stay motivated and focused when a fight repeatedly
falls through like that or a fighter like Eric Morel that straight out
refuses to fight you even for good money?ND: You can't. The motivation
just disappeared. It was daunting to go back and forth with these fights
falling through. It makes you mentally overtrain. I even considered
quitting. I said, 'This is ridiculous, I am done".
BASD: The last 6 of your last 7 wins have come via knockout. What
do you attribute that to and have you been concentrating more on getting
ND: Before, I was a 'short notice' guy. I get tired because they
give me a week or so notice and I am there. This time around, I am very
prepared for the fight. You get so exhausted if you are not properly
trained. I was always the opponent that they would bring in.
BASD: You stated in a blog entry at the beginning of June that you
were anticipating that it would be hell to make 115. How has it been this
It is a lot harder this time. I have been working with Victor Conte and
SNAC (Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning). With the nutrition
program, he is helping me to recover faster. The weight is sticking a
little bit stronger but with the recovery, I am able to work out 3 times a
BASD: Tell me about Victor Conte. How long have you been working
ND: I just started working with Victor about a month ago. People
might disagree because of his past but when I got to know him, he was this
brilliant person. It is all about increasing your oxygen intake. I have
asthma. That is why I need to be in shape all the time. It comes back when
I am out of shape. The hypoxic training is a high altitude simulation that
I am working on with him.
BASD: Is Victor Conte giving you any supplements to take?
ND: I take the iron pills, HypOxygen, Aerobitine. The ZMA is
excellent. It makes me sleep really well and you recover. I just wake up,
take the meal replacement and supplements and I am ready to go. I sparred
today, I am cutting weight but I still have energy.
BASD: Your father served as your trainer for your entire boxing
career up until maybe a year or two ago. The Penalosa brothers came in to
serve as your trainers and you just recently added Robert Garcia as
co-trainer. What was the reason why you made that change and did it affect
ND: There were a lot things that went on. I love my father as a
father but there were a lot of things that I felt I was not improving. I
fought the same way. There is a little bit of animosity. I love my father
and my family but it was beyond that. It is a little bit like a
traditional Asian family. To your father, you will always be 12 years old.
You never grow up.
Thank you, Nonito, for taking your time to talk with us.
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