Less than a week before his much-anticipated fight, Nonito Donaire declared that he is all set to face International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula on their title-unification bout on July 8 at the Home Depot Center.
The “Filipino Flash” is used to being the taller and bigger fighter every bout, will step into the ring with a huge size disadvantage against the African champion, who is four-inch taller than Donaire.
But despite the size disadvantage against him, Donaire is excited to face Mathebula and is confident about her chances to unify the title on Sunday.
“I’ve seen one of Mathebula’s fights on tape, the fight with Ndlovu, and it was a good fight,” Donaire said. “He’s definitely tall, and he used his jab really well, kind of like Thomas Hearns did at welterweight. I’m really, really excited knowing I’ll be in with a taller fighter and one who is good.”
On the other hand, Mathebula is also confident about his chances against Donaire, saying that his confidence is higher than ever especially after getting over the hump by winning the title in March against fellow African Takalani Ndlovu.
“My confidence is back,” said Mathebula in an interview with Boxingscene.com. “After winning the title in March, my confidence is sky high. The fight against Nonito Donaire is a huge risk, but I am up to the task.”
Mathebula will be coming to the fight as the heavy underdog primarily because of losing in two of his last six fights and will be fighting for the first time in the United States.