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article imageOp-Ed: Why Donaire needs to go for early KO against Bedak

By Leo Reyes     Apr 16, 2016 in Sports
The sweltering summer heat in the Philippines will be a big factor in devising a fight strategy for the upcoming title fight between WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and Hungarian challenger Zsolt Bedak.
Donaire and Bedak will be facing each other at he Cebu City Sports Center open court on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
Donaire's father-trainer Dodong Donaire is aware that the soaring summer heat could wreak havoc on both fighters but noted that Bedak will suffer more in exhaustion because he is used to a cooler temperature back in Hungary.
But Bedak disputed Donaire's observation saying he is used to fighting in different countries with high temperature during his amateur fights in the Olympics. He said it also gets pretty hot in Hungary in summertime.
Extended forecast for Cebu on April 23 is 33 degrees Celsius or 91 degrees Fahrenheit.
Given the open court venue as well as the soaring temperature on Saturday, Donaire needs to go for early knockout win to avoid possible exhaustion if the fight drags to the late rounds.
Donaire admitted during his interview with veteran TV host Ronnie Nathanielsz on Sky Cable-PBO that he has not gone 12 rounds in sparring early in the camp because of extreme heat.
But Donaire will have to go the distance during sparring sessions on the final stretch of his training in case the fight drags on to the late rounds.
Dodong's plan to go for an early KO is the way to go given the weather condition in Cebu which is a big factor to consider in the Bedak fight. Dodong believes the 32-year-old Hungarian will run once he feels his son's punching power.
For his part Nonito said he will try to go for a KO win as a way of pleasing his local fans. He said he is in top condition and ready to defend his title on Saturday.
“This is an important fight. I have to win this impressively, possibly by knockout because I have a new mindset and a new strategy,” said Nonito, who is now in Cebu for the final phase of his training.
“I am in top form. I know his style, he also has power and good defense with solid amateur background because he is an Olympian. But I am ready to counter every shot he will throw at me,” he added.
Being a technical fighter, Bedak is expected to maintain a safe distance knowing Donaire's speed and punching power and he will try to drag the fight to the final round to win on points as he did in many of his fights.
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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