DONAIRE ASSUMES PACQUIAO MANTLE WITH CRUSHING 3RD ROUND TKO OF BEDAK

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Two weeks after eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao scored an impressive unanimous twelve round decision in his trilogy with Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and announced he was hanging up his gloves to pursue his mission of public service through election to the Senate in next month’s elections, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire stepped up to assume Manny’s mantle of national sports hero by crushing former Hungarian Olympian and world No. 4 ranked Zsolt Bedak in three rounds before an ecstatic crowd of 25,000 supporters at the sprawling Cebu City Sports Center on a hot and humid Saturdaynight.

After an initial feeling-out round, Donaire connected with his lethal left hook to send the challenger who is himself known as “Mr. Left Hook” crashing to the canvas midway in round two.

With blood dripping from his battered nose, Bedak gamely got up only to be deposited on the seat of his trunks with another vicious left hook that had “no mercy” written all over it.

The bell mercifully saved the Hungarian Olympian who had lost only once before in his career as a pro in a title fight against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr who won by a 10th round TKO after Bedak who suffered a broken jaw in round two survived in a gallant effort for eight more rounds before he called it quits. Vasquez himself was dropped and beaten in lopsided fashion by Donaire who won the super bantamweight title at the Alamadome in San Antonio Texas some years ago.

It was clear the end was near as Donaire, cheered on by fight fans who had embraced him after his heroic battle against an unbelievably strong Cesar Juarez of Mexico to win the 122 pound crown for the second time following his crushing 6th round stoppage against the bigger, stronger Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters, chased the wobbly challenger and ripped into him this time with a cracking right hand that dropped Bedak for a third time giving renowned referee Russell Mora no choice but to call a halt to the massacre at 2:44 of the third round.

donaire-bedak.fn.05.600wDespite a battered, bloodied face with blood dripping from his nose and mouth, Bedak assured media that he was fine.

Donaire won the hearts of the hometown crowd by speaking in Bisaya since the island of Cebu is proud of its language and boxing heritage. With this memorable performance, Donaire showed that he is indeed worthy of the monicker “Flash”, a name that was worn by Cebu’s favorite son and legendary boxer, Gabriel Elorde, the son of a poor farmer from the town of Bogo who was the longest reigning Filipino world champion until WBO light flyweight Donnie Nietes punched his way to surpass the record in January last year.

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer who teamed up with lead promoter Top Rank and the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN told The Standard that the plan is to see whether Donaire’s next title defense could also be staged in the Philippines in the face of the massive support from Filipino fight fans looking for someone to carry the torch for Philippine boxing.

www.philboxing.com/news/story-118577.html

04/23/2016 Nonito Donaire vs. Zsolt Bedak

Date:   Saturday, April 23, 2016

WBO JR. FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BOUT

Location:   Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Promoter:    ALA Promotions (Michael D. Aldeguer) – Top Rank (Bob Arum)

Supervisor:   Leon Panoncillo

Referee:  Russell Mora

Judges:

Results:

TV:  Philippines ABS-CBN Channel 2, Hungary Magyar Televízió

Donaire Sr. sees 6th round knockout win by son over Bedak

bedak-donaire-cebu I CAME HERE TO BOX, that’s what challenger Zsolt Bedak (left), a technical former Olympian, said about his fight tomorrow with WBO super bantamweight title holder Nonito Donaire Jr. He said the match will go 12 rounds. However, for Nonito Donaire Sr., the trainer of the champion, the fight will end with Bedak’s knockout in the sixth round.

A visibly pumped Nonito Donaire Jr. is drawing energy from the home crowd, hoping for an explosive finish against challenger Zsolt Bedak in his first defense of the WBO super bantamweight title at the Cebu City Sports Center.

“I feel like there’s a fire burning inside me. Dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa mga tawo, I am very motivated because of the crowd,” the defending champion said after hitting 121 and 3/4 pounds in his first try at the official weigh-in today.

Donaire, a five-division champion with a 36-3, 23KO record, is making his first title defense of the belt he won against Cesar Juarez in his first fight in Cebu.

Zsolt Bedak, who is 25-1 with 8KOs, also made the limit easily at 121 and 1/2 pounds. He expects the fight to go the distance as he came prepared to last 12 rounds against the champion.

KNOCKOUT WIN

However, for Nonito Donaire Sr., the trainer of the champion, he sees the fight ending as early as the sixth round.

“I think it will be until the sixth round only,” said Donaire Sr.

Though he said his son is no longer looking for that one-punch KO, he still sees a knockout win.

“It’s not like before that he’d go in and throw a punch. We will be looking at combos, straight,” he said. “If you feint, Bedak covers up.”

The elder Donaire sees the fight ending in the later rounds should Bedak opt to hold and run, but said the technical former Olympian is perfect for his son.

Bedak ‘won’t be running’

“I like a fighter who throws a lot of punches, because that’s when you can see an opening,” said Donaire Sr.

However, the challenger said he won’t be running come fight night.

“I didn’t come here to put up my hand and run, I came here to box,” he said. “It’s going to go 12 rounds, we prepared for 12 rounds. It’s going to be a decision.”

Bedak has won his last 10 fights since losing to Coliseo Rodriguez in their WBO super bantamweight title bout.

Meanwhile, ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer expects a crowd of 30,000 for tomorrow’s bout, eclipsing the 24,000 who saw Z Gorres’ fight against Fernando Montiel.

www.mycebu..ph/article/donaire-bedak-weigh-in-cebu/

Nonito Donaire Continues To Improve His Form in Camp

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz –

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is improving with every training session as he prepares for his title defense against former Hungarian Olympian and world No. 4 ranked Zsolt Bedak at the Cebu Sports Center on April 23.

The father/trainer of the former five division world champion, “Dodong” Donaire Sr told BoxingScene.com/Tthe Standard that Nonito “is getting better and better every week.”

He said he sparred eight rounds with unbeaten Michigan featherweight, 25 year old Raeese Alem who he said “fights like Bedak and is very fast” and Nonito looked “very good.”

The father/trainer told us Nonito “is getting in shape, going down in weight and instead of slowing down he’s getting so much better. His speed and power is there. He’s going to be fine.”

Dodong” Donaire  said they have been watching tapes of Bedak’s fights and they would do more in the days ahead.

Team Donaire is scheduled to arrive in Manila next Monday and will resume sparring on Tuesday at the Wild Card Gym of the late Rod Nazario in BF Homes, Paranaque on Tuesday and have chosen super featherweight Virgil Puton of General Santos City with whom Nonito sparred before, as sparring partner.

The 26 year old Puton who is trained by Jun Arlos has a record of 16-7 with 7 knockouts.

www.boxingscene.com/nonito-donaire-continues-improve-his-form-camp–102841?print_friendly=1

Kovacs, Szello and Bedak Win Decisions in Szentes

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By Per Ake Persson –

Hungarian super welterweight Attila Kovacs won the WBO Euro title last night in Szentes with a hard fought ten round majority decision over Frenchman Dieudonne Belinga.

Former Olympian Imre Szello won the Hungarian cruiserweight title in only his second pro figh,t knocking down Guyla Bozai in the tenth and final round for a win on scores of 100-89 twice and 100-87.
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WBO # 4 super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak outscored Georgi Gachechiladze over six and the Georgian had to spend the night in the hospital.

http://www.boxingscene.com/kovacs-szello-bedak-win-decisions-szentes–82391