Experts’ Eye: Donaire vs. Frampton - Part 3: The Nonito Sr. Effect

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 20, 2018 08:37 AM
Experts’ Eye: Donaire vs. Frampton - Part 3
How big of a factor will Nonito Donaire Sr.'s absence be?

With just a few days to go before the highly-anticipated showdown between four-division world champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and two-division world champion Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, it’s time to see what the experts have to say about this upcoming matchup.

We asked three boxing experts for their two cents on the upcoming featherweight clash between Donaire Jr. and Frampton:

Nigel Collins - Boxing Writer for ESPN, former Editor-in-Chief for Ring Magazine, International Boxing Hall of Famer

Brian Campbell - Combat Sports Writer for CBS Sports. Former host and writer for ESPN and Grantland.

Atty. Ed Tolentino - Veteran Philippine sportswriter and boxing analyst for ABS-CBN Sports.

In this third installment, we ask how big of a factor is Nonito Jr. going separate ways with father and long-time coach Nonito Sr and promoter Top Rank Boxing

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Nigel Collins

Donaire has been a professional fighter since 2001, so it really doesn’t make much difference who trains or promotes him. At this point, he just has to get in the best possible physical condition and fight a smart fight.


Brian Campbell

While cutting ties with either your long term promoter or trainer isn't an uncommon practice for fighters in the twilight of their careers, it doesn't typically spark positive results. That doesn't mean Donaire won't benefit from change. Many fighters throughout history, from Oscar De La Hoya to Miguel Cotto, regularly switched trainers (and in Cotto's case, promoters) and benefitted from the variety. This version of Donaire certainly relies on his power to remain dangerous but he also needs a strong gameplan to carry out in order to use timing and counter punching to slow down quicker and younger fighters. Only time will tell if change brings success for Nonito in this case but the odds might be against him. 


Atty. Ed Tolentino

There is no question that Donaire Sr.'s absence will be felt. He helped chisel the Donaire, Jr. who was once named Boxer of the Year. Donaire Jr. has been experimenting with several trainers lately, and this appears to have just messed up his style.   But Donaire Jr. has to deal with the reality that his father is no longer in his corner. It would not hurt though if he would tap the services of guys like Freddie Roach.

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Nigel Collins says that at this point in Donaire Jr.’s career, it’s all about getting into the best condition and fighting his best fight, regardless of trainer or promoter.

Brian Campbell agrees that jumping from trainer to trainer and promoter to promoter isn’t anything new, it also usually doesn’t yield good results.

As for Atty. Ed Tolentino, he’s more adamant that Nonito Sr.’s presence will be missed, given that it was him who helped push ‘The Filipino Flash’ to his peak. Atty. Ed added that Nonito might want to reach out to a certain Hall of Fame coach that could be looking for top-tier clientele after recent events. 


You can catch Nonito Donaire Jr. vs. Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World title on Sunday, April 22nd, 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!

You can also catch the fight LIVE on Sunday, April 22nd, 2:30 AM on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View for only P199!


Watch out for more Experts’ Eye soon!

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