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Donaire has new trainer!

World champion Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire, working with a new chief trainer, said today he is fully prepared to take on undefeated challenger Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio on Top Rank’s ‘Global Supremacy’ PPV in Metro Manila on Saturday night. This will be Donaire’s first fight without his father, Nonito Sr., in his corner. Dodie Boy Penalosa is the new chief trainer. Nonito Jr and Penalosa have been training four months in the Philippines. Nonito, born in Bohol, Phillippines, has invited his father to the fight card. “Just because he’s not working my corner doesn’t mean he’s still not my father,” Nonito told fight writer Abac Cordero. Nonito said he has front-row tickets for his father.

Donaire, 26, will defend his IBF flyweight title against Martinez, 27, who was born and raised in San Antonio. He has a record of 24-0. As a young athlete, Raul played basketball, football, golf and was on a swim team before deciding, at the age of 15, “…I was going to be a boxer.” He was 70-20-1 as an amateur fighter and fought many times in international tournaments.

World junior flyweight champion Ulises Solis, a very hard puncher, of Mexico will defend against former champion Brian ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii. Solis, 27, is making his 9th title defense. Viloria, 28, has won five bouts in a row.

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Bob Arum of Top Rank arrived in Manila today…Top Rank’s chief matchmaker, Bruce Trampler, will be on location this evening…Al Bernstein and Alan Massengale will announce…..the ring announcer is Jimmy Lennon who noted the Philippines is the “30th country I have worked as a ring announcer.”….Donaire vs. Martinez is available on Pay Per View at a suggested retail of $29.95 and is available on DirecTV, the Dish Network and all other PPV providers. There will be 4 bouts on the PPV event…..Start time is 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific.

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