Donaire Starts Grinding Hard For Next Defense, Magdaleno Next?

By Ronnie Nathanielsz,

Five division world champion and current WBO super bantamweight king Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is “in the gym daily, training and his weight is down” according to his wife Rachel Donaire.

Donaire tends to put on several pounds in-between fights forcing him to often reduce 6 pounds on the eve of the official weigh-in.

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In an overseas telephone conversation with Standard, Rachel said they don’t know whether the mandatory title defense against unbeaten  Jessie Magdaleno will take place in Manila or somewhere else neither do they know whether the fight will take place in September or October.

ABS-CBN’s consultant for sports Peter Musgni told us the tentative dates for the Donaire title defense are September 17 or October 1 and that the fight will be held in Manila should the major sponsor reportedly in negotiations with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum seals a deal.

Donaire is coming off an easy TKO win over former Hungarian Olympian Zsolt Bedak before  crowd of 25,000 at the Cebu Sports Center following a brutal encounter against Mexico’s Cesar Juarez, winning a lopsided decision in Puerto Rico after dropping Juarez twice in the 4th  round.

Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KO’s) earlier told boxing writer Steve Kim  “I would love a crack at Donaire next.

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