Nonito Donaire (40-6, 26KOs) is already a Corridor-of-Famer, however he nonetheless needs to show that he’s an elite fighter. He faces undefeated Nordine Oubaali (17-0, 12KOs) for the WBC bantamweight world championship this Saturday night time at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, CA. The struggle will probably be televised on Showtime at 10pmET/7pmPT.
Donaire has been battle-tested many instances and has gained world titles in 4 weight divisions, whereas Oubaali captured his first world title in 2019, defeating Rau’shee Warren for the vacant WBC bantamweight title.
Over the previous few years, Donaire has shocked many followers who thought his finest years had been behind him. Maybe it’s, however his spirited efficiency in a call loss in opposition to pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue in November of 2019 was spectacular. Regardless that Oubaali is listed as the favourite, Donaire just isn’t a simple opponent for anyone.
For Oubaali, that is the most important struggle of his profession. Excessive-level struggle expertise favor’s Donaire, who’s a flexible fighter who nonetheless counters successfully and carries a deadly left hook. He made Inoue work exhausting of their November 2019 showdown, and Donaire will most probably push Oubaali to the restrict on Saturday night time.
A ton of stress is on Oubaali. Saturday will mark the primary time that he’ll headline a Showtime Championship Boxing primary occasion and a win ought to enable him to earn extra respect amongst boxing followers. Being southpaw might play to his benefit. Half of Donaire’s 6 defeats have come in opposition to southpaws. Donaire believes that he’s adequately ready to face a top quality southpaw like Oubaali, however we gained’t know for certain till struggle night time. He’s confronted a few of boxing’s finest together with Guillermo Rigondeaux, Inoue, and Carl Frampton, who’ve all been featured on pound-for-pound lists in some unspecified time in the future of their respective careers.
Oubaali shouldn’t anticipate a simple night time, as Donaire will convey expertise and willpower into the ring. This bout will doubtless go the gap, as each fighters are clever and have a tendency to keep away from pricey errors.
If Oubaali wins, the narrative will probably be that Donaire is now not the fighter he was once. If the 38-year-old Donaire wins it’s fairly easy. He’s not performed.
Regardless of being the betting underdog, a win for Donaire wouldn’t come as a shock as a consequence of his ring IQ and wealth of expertise.