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    Donaire makes weight, readies himself for tall order

    Jul 6, 2012
    Nonito Donaire Jr. confident of winning over South African Jeffrey Mathebula

    WORLD Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. easily made weight Friday (Saturday morning, Manila time) and declared himself ready against lanky but tall South African Jeffrey Mathebula for their world title unification fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

    The Filipino Flash tipped the scale at 121.4 lbs during the official weigh-in.

    Mathebula, the 33-year-old International Boxing Federation (IBF) title holder, also made the 122-lbs limit after weighing in at 121.8 lbs.

    Both fighters were intense, but very respectful of each other during the traditional stare down that followed at the center of the stage.

    The fight is set for 12-rounds on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) at the Home Depot Center.

    Donaire, fighting for the second time this year, holds a 28-1 record, with 18 KOs, while Mathebula sports a 26-3-2 record with 14 KOs.

    The Filipino is a 4-1 favorite against the little-known South African on the eve of match.

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