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article imageOp-Ed: A Change of Fortune For Boxing Trainer Senior Donaire

By Edwin Ladaga     Jan 5, 2010 in Sports
Senior Donaire rose into prominence as an ace trainer in boxing when his son Nonito Jr. won the IBF flyweight title with a fifth-round knockout of the then-undefeated Vic Darchinyan on July 2007.
After Nonito Jr successfully defended his title with knockout wins against Maldonado of Mexico and Moruti Mthalane of South Africa, he dismissed his father as his trainer. This incident, which was portrayed harshly in the media with statements from both camps, must be the lowest point in Senior Donaire's coaching career.
What was a bitter emotional emotional split from his son turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Donaire Sr. Instead of producing one world champion, he helped a number of young and promising Filipinos became title holders.
Senior Donaire helped Marvin Sonsona scored a decision victory over Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico to win his first world title at the age of 19. He also guided Filipino American boxer Ana Julaton in winning her first world title. He was was in the corner of the WBA interim champion Johnriel Casimero when the promising teenager scored a 11th round technical knockout over former world champion Canchila of Nicaragua.
His track record as a boxing trainer is now well sought in the Filipino boxing world. The Donaire system of training boxers is not only producing one but three champions in the span of two years.
He would end up churning out more title holders in the next two months when
Ciso Morales and Marvin Sonsona fight for a title early in the year. On Feb. 27, he and Jun Agrabio will be guiding Marvin Sonsona win his second title against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO junior featherweight belt. He also currently trains Ciso Morales for his upcoming title fight with Fernando Montiel on the 13th of February in the third Pinoy Power fight card promoted by Top Rank in the United States.
Senior Donaire's fortune is on the momentum at the moment. His unfortunate dismissal nearly a year ago turned out to be a blessing not only for Filipino boxing and the world boxing stage in general. Kudos and more power to Nonito Donaire Sr.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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