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    Amir Khan not taking replacement opponent Donayre lightly in ONE featherweight bout

    Nov 9, 2016
    Amir Khan is wary of a motivated Vaughn Donayre, who is coming off two straight losses. Reuben Terrado

    SINGAPORE – Amir Khan is not taking things lightly despite a last-minute change of opponent in Pinoy fighter Vaughn Donayre for the upcoming ONE: Defending Honor.

    Donayre replaced an injured Samir Mrabet for the ONE event honor and will face the home hero in a featherweight bout serving as one of the undercards to the main event between lightweight champion Shinya Aoki and Filipino fighter Eduard Folayang.

    Donayre, out of Brazilian jiu-jitsu Deftac Cebu gym, enters the bout with an 8-5 win-loss card and is coming off two straight defeats including a unanimous decision loss to Filipino Honorio Banario in ONE Championship 41: Global Rivals last April.

    Despite a streak of defeats by Donayre, Khan expects the Filipino MMA fighter to be at his best.

    “I know he is a tough fighter and a veteran of the sport,” said Khan of the 37-year-old Donayre, after a training session on Tuesday at Evolve MMA gym here.

    “He lost a decision against a former title contender so I expect a tough fight,” Khan added.

    Khan, who sports a 5-2 win-loss record, all of the victories coming by way of knockouts, is looking to make it a short night for Donayre.

    “I’m used to finishing most of my fight early so I won’t be expecting anything differently,” said Khan.

    Khan, a namesake of the British boxer who once became a potential opponent of Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, said he didn’t need to make adjustments despite the change in opponents.

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    “I don’t really have to adjust to anything. It doesn’t really matter. He has a different body type but I have different training partners at Evolve.”

    Khan said he studied Donayre’s loss to Peter Davis in 2014.

    “I’m not really worried about his grappling. I saw his fight against Peter Davis. He took him down and finished him in the first round. Maybe he is good at Brazilian jiu-jitsu but if punches come in, I don’t think he is really good at it.”

    “I feel like I have the advantage everywhere else. I believe I’m a better striker. I believe I can catch him unexpectedly. If I have an opportunity to put the fight on the ground, I’ll definitely take it,” said Khan.

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    Amir Khan is wary of a motivated Vaughn Donayre, who is coming off two straight losses. Reuben Terrado
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