CEBU – Zsolt Bedak didn’t come all this way from Hungary to this busy, progressive city just to get beaten black and blue.
The 32-year-old Hungarian said he’s ready to go the full 12 rounds against Nonito Donaire Jr. when he vies for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight title of the Filipino on Saturday night at the Cebu City Sports Complex.
“I didn’t come just to put up my hands and run around,” said Bedak through an interpreter just as his team was about to leave the Ayala mall late Friday afternoon following the official weigh-in for the boxing card presented by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports.
“I came here to box and win the fight.”
Bedak is making a second shot at a world championship after losing in his first attempt against Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vazquez in 2010 via a 10th round technical knockout for the same WBO title belt.
But a lot has happened to the former Olympian from Budhapest since.
Bedak won his next 10 fights following the loss to Vazquez, including three by knockout, to raise his record to 25-1 (8 KOs) and earn another shot at a world title.
“I'm much more matured now, I'm much more experienced now. I have many fights behind me now. I'm much calmer now than before his first title fight,” said the challenger.
The Hungarian is also unfazed with the prediction of Donaire’s father and trainer – Nonito Donaire Sr – about the fight finishing inside six rounds in favor of the champion.
“We will see tomorrow. It’s not decided here, it’s decided inside the ring,” said Bedak.
And he’s ready to take on whatever Donaire, defending his super-bantamweight crown for the first time since winning it against Cesar Juarez last December, brings to the table.
“We think it’s going to last 12 rounds. We’re ready to box 12 rounds. We think it’s going to be a decision,” said Bedak. “If I have to box, I'm going to box, whatever it takes to win.”