Donaire on Juarez fight: 'I looked like the younger man'
Milan Ordoņez on Dec 17, 2015 04:10 PM
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A sharper, more rejuvenated Nonito Donaire was the image that the boxing world saw from “The Filipino Flash” on Friday, during his world title fight against Cesar Juarez in Puerto Rico.
The 33-year old Donaire proved to be too much to handle for the 24-year old Juarez, as the Filipino boxer was able to emerge victorious by unanimous decision and reclaim the WBO super-bantamweight title.
Prizefighting is commonly described as a “young man’s game”, but it poses no problem for Donaire. In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports, the Talibon, Bohol native says it is all about having the proper frame of mind coming into the fight.
“I figured to myself that a young man’s game is only a young man’s game if you put it in your head that you’re a young man,” Donaire said. “The more that you tell yourself that ‘I’m washed up’ or ‘I’m old’, is the more that you will be washed up. This time, you saw how much faster I was, how much stronger I was. I looked like the younger guy in that fight.”
“Aside from his stamina, I looked like the younger man in that ring,” he continued. “So, age is only a number, it’s the mentality and the heart of a person that makes him young.”
Facing a relatively obscure opponent, Donaire revealed that his camp had quite a difficult time studying Juarez’s game, given the lack of material of his fights online. With that in mind, his coaches implemented a standard game plan that made use of his strength: counterpunching.
“The game plan was to counter and throw the jab, and when he leaves himself open, then go for it,” Donaire explained. “But we did not expect him to be that [durable]. He was a really tough guy.”
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