The time has come for Nonito Donaire, Zsolt Bedak

Santino Honasan on Apr 23, 2016 11:31 AM
The time has come for Nonito Donaire, Zsolt Bedak
Donaire, Bedak set to take center ring in Cebu City

After months of anticipation, it’s finally go-time for WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Hungarian challenger Zsolt “Mr. Left Hook” Bedak, as they get set to meet inside the ring, Saturday evening at the Cebu City Sports Complex.

Winner of his last three bouts, it took a devastating knockout loss to Nicholas Walters for Donaire (36-3-0) to shake his career and life up. Now, reunited with his father and head trainer Nonito Sr, Donaire has gone through a career resurgence. The bounce-back began with a TKO win over William Prado in Manila, followed by a dominant stoppage of Anthony Settoul in Macau. In late 2015, Donaire completed his way back to a world title by defeating Cesar Juarez for the vacant WBO Super Bantamweight title in Puerto Rico.

Now, Donaire will defend his title for the first time, and he gets to do it in front of a partisan Pinoy crowd at the Cebu City Sports Complex. A win will only further cement his place as one of the best Pinoy boxers to ever step foot in the ring.

Coming from half the world away though, challenger Bedak did not come to the Philippines to lose.

A former Olympian, Bedak boasts a 25-1-0 professional boxing record, with his only loss coming in a world title fight against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in 2010. Since then, Bedak has compliled an impressive ten-bout winning streak, two coming via TKO.

All business since arriving in Manila, it seems like the hometown disadvantage isn’t an issue for the former WBO Inter-continental and European Super Bantamweight king.


Fleming, Gonzales battle for vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Featherweight crown

In the co-main event, two international talents plan to put on a show for the Pinoy crowd, as Australian Paul “Showtime” Fleming and Mexican Miguel Angel “Ranita” Gonzales battle for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Featherweight championship.

Unbeaten in 21 professional bouts, the 28-year old Fleming will be fighting for his first major championship. He’ll be coming off a knockout win over Thailand’s Thongthai Rajanondh.

Also looking for his first major title, Mexico’s Gonzales will be coming off a TKO loss in Mexico, but has won three of his last four.

Hungry for a big win, both Fleming and Gonzales are sure to put on a show for the Pinoy fans in attendance. 

The Time Has Come: Donaire vs. Bedak airs LIVE on April 23, Saturday, 6:30 pm via SkyCable pay-per-view. The free TV telecast will be on April 24, Sunday, 8:30 am on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 1 pm on ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23.

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