ABS-CBN will air Top Rank Promotion’s “Featherweight Fury” which will be held at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in a special telecast of the brawl between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and the WBA Featherweight Champion Simpiwe Vetyeka on Sunday (June 1) at 10:15 AM.
Donaire promised to bring the beauty of boxing to Macao in his battle against the South African champion who reportedly handpicked the Donaire to be his opponent.
Veteran boxing analyst Atty. Ed Tolentino said in an interview on ABS-CBN Sports+Action’s “The Score” that Vetyeka is a “hungry champion” and wants to beat a high-profile boxer like Donaire.
However, Donaire is equally hungry to prove himself after losing the championship to Guillermo Rigondeaux and an underwhelming non-title fight against Vic Darchinyan. In an interview with TV Patrol two days before the fight, Donaire said he feels good and has had no problem trimming down to the weight limit.
The “Featherweight Fury” will feature two other featherweight title fights between Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters versus Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, and Evgeny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich versus Alexander Miskirtchian.
Prior to the fight, get up-close and personal with “The Filipino Flash” as ABS-CBN Sports+Action airs the replay of “Donaire: Flash and Fire” on Saturday (May 31) at 12 PM.
In the “Featherweight Fury” press conference held in Manila, Donaire admitted that one of his preparations involved going back to his roots, choosing to train in the Philippines and having his father – the man who introduced Donaire to the world of boxing – to train him for his bout.
“Donaire: Flash and Fire” gives a clearer look at what makes 3-time world champion Nonito Donaire a world-class boxer. While his training and experience inside the ring has prepared him physically for Vetyeka, Donaire’s experiences outside the ring – from being bullied as a boy, to the well-publicized spat with his father, Nonito Sr., to his life as a family man – made him mentally strong to battle and overcome the challenges that come his way.
Also, make way for “Donaire vs Vetyeka Primer” on ABS-CBN Sports+Action also on Saturday (May 31) at 1 PM where boxing experts throw interesting analyses of the upcoming fight and review Donaire and Vetyeka’s previous boxing bouts.
Catch Donaire: Flash and Fire” on Saturday (May 31) at 12 PM followed by “Donaire vs Vetyeka Primer” at 1 PM to prepare for the special telecast of ABS-CBN “Featherweight Fury” on Sunday (June 1) at 10:15 AM and its replay on ABS-CBN Sports+Action also on Sunday (June 1) at 7 PM.