Bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has partnered with The Keep A Breast Foundation to raise breast cancer awareness as part of his October 22nd boxing showdown with Omar “El Huracan” Narvaez at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Donaire will adorn his typically stylish trunks and warm-up with pink highlights to heighten awareness of The Keep A Breast Foundation’s year round work and help call attention to breast cancer awareness during October, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“It means a great deal to me to assist in this most worthy cause and to help raise awareness for young women about the importance of this issue. My wife Rachel and I discussed this and my upcoming fight is the perfect time to help The Keep A Breast Foundation,” said Donaire from his training camp in San Carlos, California.
‘With the fight being on HBO this allows a larger scope of viewers to be aware of this most important cause. Going forward I want to assist different foundations across the country and continue to give back through my boxing career. It feels great to help out and give back through my participation.”
Said Kimmy McAtee, spokesperson for The Keep A Breast Foundation; “We are so excited to partner with Nonito for his fight. When Nonito comes out sporting a pink themed outfit it will make people think about not just the fight, but also the fight to eradicate breast cancer! It’s so important to educate everyone about breast cancer. Men get breast cancer too, not to mention many find lumps in their partners breasts!”
“We are looking to educate everyone that they can make decisions in life that can effect themselves, their families, and the population as a whole. With only 5-10% of breast cancer having a hereditary link KAB feels there is a growing need for breast cancer awareness programs to educate all people on the scientific evidence between breast cancer and environmental exposures. We’re so thrilled for this opportunity to show a new audience this important information.”
More information about The Keep A Breast Foundation can be viewed on their website www.keep-a-breast.org.
Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, Calif., is a consensus top-five pound for pound fighter. He enters this fight riding a nine-year, 25-bout winning streak, which includes an IBF/IBO flyweight title knockout victory of defending champion Vic Darchinyan, and a fourth-round blasting of former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko last December.
However, Donaire’s most impressive victory occurred in his last fight, on February 19, when he knocked out defending WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel in the second round, ending Montiel’s 25-bout winning streak while also claiming his third world title in as many weight divisions. Ten of Donaire’s last 11 victories have come by way of knockout.
Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KOs), of Cordoba, Argentina, a two-time Olympian; will be making his U.S. debut. The undefeated southpaw captured his first world title – the WBO flyweight championship – in his 12th professional fight, knocking down interim champion Adonis Rivas in the seventh round en route to a dominant unanimous decision in 2002. Narvaez successfully defended his title 16 times during his seven-year reign before vacating it in early 2010 to campaign at a heavier weight class.
He won the vacant WBO junior bantamweight title in May 2010, pitching a near shutout to win a unanimous decision over Everth Briceno. Narvaez, one of South America’s most popular fighters, has successfully defended his new title three times, all by unanimous decision, against opponents who had a combined record of 54-2 when he fought them.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, the Donaire-Narvaez world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Remaining tickets to Donaire vs. Narvaez, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, including applicable service charges, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets (additional fee for Ticketmaster orders.)
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. ET.