SINGAPORE – Vaughn Donayre wants to serve up Amir Khan some humble pie as they engage in ONE: Defending Honor on Friday night here at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The 37-year-old Donayre took exception to statements made by Khan, 22, about their lightweight fight, one of the undercards in the ONE Championship lightweight title bout between Shinya Aoki and Eduard Folayang.
In an interview before Wednesday night's faceoff at the Clarke Quey here, Donayre is determined to pull off the victory that he is treating this bout as if it is his first match of his career, gritty to make an impression in the fight.
“I’m cooking up my first win. That’s all I can say for now,” said Donayre, taking out a page from his culinary course that he finished in Cebu when he was younger.
Donayre was a last-minute replacement opponent for Khan, who has won five out of his last six ONE Championship fights, after his original foe Samir Mrabet got injured in training. Khan has gone on to claim that he will knock out the Filipino fighter in the first round.
The Cebuano fighter based in Dubai countered that he'll make Khan eat his words.
“He is already talking s*it that he is going to knock me out in the first round,” said Donayre as he made a reference to his loss to former ONE champion Honorio Banario that went the distance.
“The former world champion couldn’t do it to me, I almost knocked him out twice. He is not going to do that to me. If he’s not going to do that, I’m going to do that to him. He works around like a gangster. He is getting a rude awakening,” he added.
Donayre is also seeking to break out of a losing slump, after suffering three straight losses in ONE Championship.
“For me, it isn’t just about winning, this is my stand. This is going to be the fight of my life. If I lose, it’s going to be four losses in a row. It’s been good competition and they are giving me good guys. But this kid is an up-and-comer, and I need to put a hold to that,” said Donayre about his Singaporean foe training in the famed Evolve MMA center.
Donayre isn’t worried about being a late replacement as he has been training for a jiu-jitsu fight that was supposed to be scheduled next week. In fact, he believes being a last-minute replacement is the only advantage Khan has for the fight.
“I was ready for combat. When I got the call, I was already training,” said Donayre.
“That’s the only advantage he has, his preparation and his team. But my edge is from the ground and he hasn’t been tested. It’s going to be a test,” added Donayre.
And how does he plan to beat Khan?
"Pressure, pressure, pressure, I'm going to pressure this kid. I can't let him control the game," Donayre said.