Nonito Donaire talks training at ALA Gym: 'It has been special'
Milan Ordoñez on Jul 09, 2015 09:54 PM
Photo credit: Santino Honasan/ABS-CBN Sports
Nonito Donaire has been world champion in five different weight divisions. Having faced world class opponents, “The Filipino Flash” is touted as one of the best in boxing’s lighter weight classes.
A huge chunk of Donaire’s success came under the tutelage of world-class trainer Robert Garcia, who also mentors the likes of Brandon Rios, Mikey Garcia, and Antonio Margarito. But as of late, he has been holding his camps back in his native country, in Cebu City at the renowned ALA Boxing Gym.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Donaire revealed why he chooses to train in the Philippines, at the ALA stable, in particular. He also gave a quick update on the current status of his preparations against Frenchman Anthony Settoul, whom he faces on July 18th in Macau.
“It’s great. It’s one of the best gyms I’ve been [to]. Not only that, but the facility, the people, the boxers, just the quality of sparring. You’ve got Pagara, you’ve got Magsayo, you’ve got all these guys with great quality of sparring. And good fighters, as well.”
“Training’s going good. We have another week, and we’re eager to get inside the ring already,” he added. “The ALA gym has been special, in terms of sparring and great workout. And we’ll definitely be back here every single time.”
Donaire last saw action in March, when he faced and scored a second round stoppage victory against Brazil’s William Prado in his first fight back in the Philippines since 2009. With his huge victory, one may assume that it served as a driving force to rack up more victories. But for Donaire himself, everything remains business as usual.
“I think momentum is something that creates for people who believe in luck, who believe in getting the ball rolling. I think that it depends on the person and the mentality, I think that you can gain the momentum any time.”
“An example is Andre Ward. He hasn’t fought in a long time, and look how amazing he is inside the ring. Definitely no momentum,” he continued. “If you really want to win, you’re gonna win. And that’s where we’re at right now. Mine is we’re gonna be smart, we’re gonna be strong and we’re gonna be ready.”
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