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    Donaire seeking to add Mathebula's IBF belt to growing collection

    Jul 6, 2012
    Nonito Donaire Jr. likes his chances against South African IBF super-bantamweight champion  Jeffrey Mathebula.

    NONITO Donaire Jr. presented his World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight belt in a courtesy call to the Mayor of Carson City on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

    He vows to bring one more in his next official visit.

    “I’ll get another on Saturday,” the Filipino Flash said before Carson City Mayor Jim Dear and Fil-Am city councilman Elito Santarina.

    The other belt may come in the form of the International Boxing Federation version of the 122-lb. title owned by South African Jeffrey Mathebula, whom Donaire battles on Saturday night in a unification bout at the Home Depot Centre in Carson City.

    The lanky Filipino (28-1, 18 KOs) is a 4-1 favorite to win the 12-round bout.

    But Mathebula, 33, and holder of a 26-3-2 record with 14 KOs, likes his chances of an upset.

    “Expect a guy who is taller, who is smarter, who will be everything,” said the former Olympian in a RingTV interview. “Everything Nonito’s got, I got it twice. He’s a good boxer, but believe me, I’m better than him.”

    Official weigh-in for the match will be held on Friday.

    This developed as the three judges who will score the bout were picked also on Thursday, namely Jonathan Davis of California, Deon Duarte of South Africa, and Steve Morrow of California.

    Third man in the ring will be veteran referee Pat Russell.

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    Nonito Donaire Jr. likes his chances against South African IBF super-bantamweight champion  Jeffrey Mathebula.
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