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article imageOp-Ed: Nonito Donaire should not be overconfident against Zsolt Bedak

By Leo Reyes     Mar 27, 2016 in Sports
Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire appears to have taken for granted his upcoming fight against Hungarian challenger Zsolt Bedak following news that he was seen at the NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks.
Early this month Donaire talked a little bit about his impression of the Hungarian fighter and he seems to downplay Bedak's punching power, saying the Hungarian has a pretty decent power and speed but he is more of a technical fighter who just want to win on points.
There's nothing wrong about being confident on winning a fight especially when an opponent is perceived as inferior or not in his level. But being overconfident is something else and it appears that Donaire is taking Bedak for granted by giving more importance to his friend Steph Curry in the middle of his training for the Bedak fight.
"Even in the middle of training for his April 23 defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight crown against Zsolt Bedak, the 33-year-old Filipino found time to show his support to the history-seeking DubNation by watching the defending NBA champions in their game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Oracle Arena on Saturday (Manila time)," Gerry Ramos of writes.
While there is nothing wrong about being seen outside his training camp to be with fellow sports celebrity, it could be misconstrued by his critics or even his fans to mean that he isn't really glued to his camp for the Bedal fight.
Donaire should bear in mind that Bedak lost only once in his pro career and while he isn't a knockout artist, he is capable of winning a fight on points. Donaire should take a lesson from his fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013 at the Radio City Music Hall, New York City, where he lost on point.
Donaire's loss to Rigondeaux ended his 31-fight winning streak spanning 12 years and added a second loss to his professional boxing record.
Donaire has been training with his father in the US since signing up with Bedak for his April 23 fight in Cebu City, Philippines. His entourage is set to move over to the Philippines two weeks before the scheduled fight.
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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