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April 21, 2014

By Scott Christ
Bad Left Hook
April 19, 2014

Shawn Porter pretty much trucked Paulie Malignaggi tonight, establishing himself as a true player in the welterweight division.

Paulie Malignaggi thought his crafty boxing could give Shawn Porter problems. Porter felt his power and more physical approach would win the fight. One was right. It was Shawn Porter.

Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO) completely overwhelmed Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KO) tonight in Washington, DC, stopping the veteran two-weight titlist at 1:14 of the fourth round after brutally dominating him in the second and third rounds. The 26-year-old Porter dropped Malignaggi early in the fourth round, then poured the pressure on looking for the finish. Porter retained his IBF welterweight title with the iwn.

He got it, unleashing a barrage of punches and knocking Malignaggi, 33, through the ropes for the finish. It was an A+ performance that impressed in every way against a legitimate opponent and contender, one who went about dead even with the far more heavily-hyped Adrien Broner last summer, and clearly beat Zab Judah in December.

December 12, 2013


By Mitch Abramson
New York Daily News
December 6, 2013

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April 19, 2013

Olympic Boxer Marlen Esparza is a Cover Girl model with a right hook like a mack truck.

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By Jim Schmaltz
April 2013

Tell Marlen Esparza she fights like a man, and she'll smile at you like a Disney Princess. Esparza is more than a history-making Olympic boxer; she's the new female ideal in elite athletics, pursuing traditionally masculine athletic skills while radiating femininity when not in competition.  Her unique combination of brutal brawler and photogenic beauty—which she displays for her high-profile sponsors like McDonald's and Coca-Cola—has made her a fan favorite of young girls, especially those in the Latino community.  But make no mistake: She's serious about punching the lights out of her opponents.


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December 28, 2012

Original Article: The Philippine Star

By Ricky Lo

For setting the highest standard as a fighter in the ring in 2012, ESPN named Nonito Donaire Jr. as its Boxer of the Year.

Dubbed as “The Filipino Flash,” Donaire began the year having vacated his bantamweight belts and preparing to move up to junior featherweight. Four fights later, in an exceptionally busy year by modern standards for an elite champion, the quick-fisted and powerful Donaire stands atop the 122-pound division and was the easy pick for 2012 Boxer of the Year.

Donaire, 30, thus regained the ESPN award for the Philippines last won by Manny Pacquiao back-to-back from 2008. Sergio Martinez and Andre Ward were the last two recipients of the top boxing award. — News item, The Philippine STAR, Dec. 26, 2012

Barely two days after what news reports described as his “masterful demolition” of Mexican Jorge Arce, a victory deemed to have “boosted the pride of a country suffering from the shock of Pacquiao’s loss to arch rival (also Mexican) Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas last Nov. 8,” Donaire came home to share that triumph with his kababayan.

“It was a quick trip,” Donaire’s new manager, Shirley Kuan, told Funfare, “so quick that his wife Rachel wasn’t able to come with him.”

He didn’t say if Rachel is expecting. Asked what kind of father he would be, Donaire said, “Being a father is what I wish for and if that comes true, the feeling would be something that words could never ever describe.”
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Donaire stayed just long enough to bring holiday cheers to the Filipinos but, thanks to Shirley, he managed to do a “Body Talk” for the benefit of his fans.

A Scorpion (Nov. 16), Donaire is 5’6” tall; weighs 133 lbs.; and wears small-sized shirt, medium-sized briefs and size-9 shoes.

How do you usually prepare for a fight?

“I usually start my training camps ideally around 10 weeks before the fight date. I drive from Las Vegas to San Carlos, California, with all my training gear and settle in a hotel for two months. My manager sends me sparring partners around the end of the first month.”

Do you have a special diet in preparation for a fight? What is your regular diet?

“Now that I’ve moved up in weight I am allowed to be not as strict in preparation for the fight. I can eat steak, rice, sushi, and pretty much whatever, but I try to stay away from junk food. I don’t really have a regular diet. I just eat what I’m craving for because most of the time, being health-conscious is no fun.”

What was the toughest part of your recent fight?

“The toughest part of the last fight vs. Arce was to stay mentally focused. A lot of fighters do not fight four times a year, some not even three times a year. It was great for my body because I was consistently in shape. The problem was mentally I was tired of being in training camp and wanted to be able to just put my feet up and not talk about boxing.”

You said you are going to “rest, rest, rest.” How will you celebrate Christmas after all your victories this year? (Note: Interview done before Christmas Day.)

“I’m spending it with my wife definitely. I will fly back to Las Vegas on Christmas Eve and will be able to have a nice dinner. We are keeping it pretty close and simple, but celebrate the end of 2012 and welcome the New Year with a big party.”

What’s usually for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

“If I had my way, breakfast would be longganisa, lunch would be lechon and dinner would be kobe steak and rice.”

What food do you always crave for, what food do you avoid?

“I always crave for lechon bulaklak and sisig…really, really bad food. But since I only get to eat them during my breaks, I let myself eat. I try to avoid salty food.”

Any snacks between meals?

“Sometimes I’ll have a banana between meals or, if I’m not training, chips.”

How much water do you take per day (soda, coffee, tea or energy drinks)?

“I drink A LOT of water every day, especially during camp. I probably drink six liters in addition to recovery drinks. I sweat so much that if I don’t keep hydrated, I get headaches and cramps. Soda, I save for after the fight. Something about soda after a fight makes it so satisfying.”

What vitamins do you take?

“I take a lot of supplements. I take multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin B, electrolytes, ZMA for recovery when I sleep, Aerobitine, Hypoxygen, Vitalyze, and then recovery drinks like Proglycosyn.”


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December 17, 2012


Original Article: Max Boxing, Special to Doghouse Boxing
by Gabriel Montoya
December 15, 2012

Since July of 2012, Nonito Donaire, 30-1, 19 KOs, has been showing the boxing world he is a truly clean athlete. When the super bantamweight champion signed up to join to be the inaugural fighter in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association’s state-of-the-art 24/7/365 year-round anti-doping program, he began sending a message to the sport and to his fans that his in the ring accomplishments are all natural. Since that time, while no athlete has joined him in 24/7/365 VADA testing, some have joined VADA’s training camp testing in an attempt to display they are PED-free. In a year that has seen positive test results for performance enhancing drugs in combat sports occur at an alarming rate and state commissions not respond by upgrading their testing programs, Donaire’s near 6 month one man stand is a sign of hope through personal responsibility.

“Well for me, “I do it for my own reasons but it’s up to the boxing world,” Donaire told Thursday night via phone from Houston where he will defend his titles against Jorge Arce of Mexico on HBO. “It’s a great sport around the world. Perhaps the promoters should mandate it so that no one else can say no [to testing]. For me, it doesn't matter. I've always had the mentality that even if they're on [PEDs] I'm still going to beat them. They still bleed, they still break. And with the way I think and the way I fight and train, I can break them down."

From his fighting style which features a speed-based attack that is free flowing and unorthodox, incorporating start and stop footwork, explosive punches that come from odd angles, and switched stances, Donaire is his own creation; A mix of old and new school fighting and fitness philosophies.

A Filipino-American who makes his home in Northern California’s Bay Area with his lovely wife Rachel, Donaire doesn’t take a typical approach to the fight game. It is this independent spirit that has brought him together with an interesting group of men who all serve a unique role at various times during his 11 year win streak (he lost in his second fight back in 2001).

One member of the team who has had a profound effect yet brought a cloud of suspicion to Donaire is Victor Conte. Following a chance meeting with nutritionist/anti-doping advocate Conte at a bank, Donaire’s mind opened to new ways to expand his athletic potential. The two agreed to work together.

Conte, who runs SNAC (Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning), a sports nutrition supplement company in the Bay Area, is likely best known as the founder of BALCO, which was implicated in supplying illegal undetectable performance enhancing drugs to high level athletes during a 4 year period from 2000-2003.

However, for 15 years prior to that period, Conte’s company helped athletes reach a higher level of performance level legally and above all intelligently. Using in-depth blood analysis to determine nutrition status plus monitoring liver, kidney, and heart functions to determine proper hydration and appropriate supplementation, Conte and his team developed personalized nutrition programs for their athletes.

Since the moment Conte came clean on national television in 2004 to present day, he has done his best to promote what he calls the new school of strength and conditioning methods and educate the sports world on the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. A non-stop anti-doping advocate who is arguably the movement’s most vocal member, Conte’s greatest love is being in the trenches and helping athletes get to the next a higher level of performance.

He and Donaire hit it off immediately.

Soon after they met, Donaire began to work with Conte at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, CA. It was there that Conte joined strength coach Michael Bazzel and primary trainer Brian Schwartz, to help Donaire go from title holder to a unified champion undergoing the most stringent drug testing available.


October 12, 2012
  Original Article: The Ring by Mike Coppinger October 12th, 2012  

SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Nonito Donaire bounced around his gym “Undisputed” in Northern California with a resistance band attached to his waist, the other end fastened to a foundation column 20 feet away.  “The Filipino Flash” danced side-to-side, circled, and threw punches, mimicking his track work with renowned sprint coach Remi Korchemny, who has worked with numerous U.S. Olympic athletes dating back to the 1970s.

Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts) is readying for his toughest test to date on this Thursday afternoon, a match with Japan’s Toshiakai Nishioka, a man who hasn’t tasted defeat in over eight years. The bout will be for the vacant RING 122-pound championship, but Donaire is as confident as ever as he approaches the fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, HBO).

“He’s a smart guy, but I think I’m a genius,” Donaire proclaimed to “He’s going for the home run, I’m going for the grand slam. If he gets a lot of strikeouts, I’m getting a shutout. I just have that positivity, that mentality that I can conquer whatever he gives out.”

The 29-year-old Philippines native knows he hasn’t fought someone like Nishioka and noticed a few things on tape that impressed him.

“He’s strong. He has a good straight power punch and it’s really clear he can knock people out with that straight punch,” admitted Donaire. “I’ve never fought a guy who can knock guys out with just one punch. [Vic] Darchinyan was powerful but it takes him a long time to knock people out. He drains, he tires them out before he knocks them out. With this guy, he can take you out [the same way] I take out guys. This fight is definitely interesting but I know I can do the same things and beyond.”

The resistance band training followed a spirited 10-round sparring session (his last session of camp): six rounds with three-time Detroit Golden Gloves winner Erick DeLeon and four with Oxnard, Calif.-based lightweight Oscar Diaz.

Everyone is aware of Donaire’s athletic gifts, but DeLeon was surprised by his mental strength in the squared-circle.

“He makes me think a lot in there, he’s a really smart fighter,” said DeLeon, who plans to turn pro before the end of 2012 at either 130 or 135 pounds. “He punches hard, he’s got great speed. I’m learning more and more every time I spar with him. His hook’s great, he’s getting his right hand sharper. He’s good at everything. He can box, he can bang. He punches you from different angles so you gotta be aware all the time.”

Diaz echoed DeLeon’s sentiments.

“It was very hard sparring. He’s quick, he’s fast and he hits hard, too,” said Diaz. “His right hand surprised me and his hook was good too. He surprised me with his punches.”

Donaire has been working with Korchemny and supplement guru Victor Conte since his December 2010 fight with Volodymyr Sydorenko. How many miles does Donaire run per week? 25, maybe 20? Try zero. He’s seen great results, abandoning running for sprints, which develops fast-twitch muscle rather than slow-twitch muscle fiber. Coupled with a specialized nutrition program with Conte, Donaire has seen performance gains in the gym and in the ring.

“He introduces a lot of positive mentality and the scientific ways of working smart, rather than working hard,” Donaire explained. “You have to work hard, but you have to work smart as well. Before I met Victor I just did the traditional [workouts]. Now I do a lot of physical training , a lot of strength training. Most of all we’ve done things that are smart. Putting the right stuff in my body, recovery, and knowing that recovering is as hard and as important as training hard.”


October 10, 2012

Original Article:
By Dennis "D Source" Guillermo
October 10, 2012

Sports scientist and nutrition guru Victor Conte believes that "The Monster Man" will be back this Saturday. Conte told this scribe in an exclusive interview that WBO and IBF super jr. featherweight champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. will be carrying the same amount of momentum he did when he fought Fernando Montiel in February 2011 when he first coined the nickname for the Filipino slugger in reference to his conditioning for that fight. Great news if you're a Donaire fan; not so much if you are Toshiaki Nishioka.

"This is my sixth fight helping Nonito," Conte opened, and elaborated, "initially it was Tyson Marquez, there was a momentum that was gained, thereafter was Sidorenko and then Montiel... and you could really feel the carryover. By Montiel he was just... remember he went from Superman to Monster Man?"

Montiel didn't even manage to get out of the 2nd round against Donaire's "monster mode", but since that fight, Donaire hasn't necessarily looked as devastating. "What happened was, there was this long contractual delay of over six months, and the momentum was somewhat lost," Conte explained to me. "Then the outings thereafter that you know better than I do about (how things went with New York and San Antonio), a couple of fights he was using a lot of the methods - the Hypoxicator he continued training with - but it's not the same in my opinion with him being in Vegas and not coming here for camp," he added.

Conte was referring to Donaire's decision to abandon his training regimen at the Undisputed Gym for his fights against Omar Narvaez and Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., opting instead to hold camp in Las Vegas where the 29-year-old fighter currently resides.

"Last camp for the fight at the Home Depot Center, he did come back here. He had a great camp. He was in tremendous physical and mental condition going in to that fight," Conte continued.

"I think it was more of a strategic fight. He dominated the fight, he knocked him down, he broke his jaw, so Nonito did great... he went 12 rounds," added Conte, as he emphasized the importance of Donaire's scientific training methods at the Undisputed Gym together with the aid of his SNAC labs. And for his fight this weekend against Nishioka, Conte is confident that Donaire will be back to his peak form.

"I think that has carried over to this fight, because this is the second camp back in San Carlos. I just personally like it better for Nonito to be here at Undisputed, so I think there's some momentum carrying over for this fight much like what happened with Sidorenko and Montiel," Conte said. "He's held the last two camps here, so I have very high expectations from Nonito, and I expect him to build on the momentum from the last fight."

Donaire can certainly do his career a big favor by putting forth a similar effort he had against Montiel this Saturday. Donaire has been able to drop his previous two opponents at the jr. featherweight division, but has not been able to take them out. Can he rise to the challenge against Nishioka? We'll all soon find out.

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August 3, 2012

Twelve years after the founder of the notorious BALCO lab hijacked the Sydney Olympics with designer steroids and transformed the world's understanding of doping, Conte arrived at the 2012 Games a changed man with a gold-medal hopeful under his tutelage and a message for anyone who will listen: he is now an anti-doping advocate, and if you are looking for dopers, he can tell you how to find them.

Original Article: New York Daily News
By Teri Thompson
August 3, 2012

A dark-haired man with a pencil-thin mustache moved quietly through customs at Heathrow Airport Friday morning, seemingly just another sports fan with his daughter and granddaughter in tow.

He presented his American passport, answered a couple of questions, and headed to a posh hotel near Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall where support team members for USA Boxing are headquartered.

Victor Conte was back at the Olympics.

Twelve years after the founder of the notorious BALCO lab hijacked the Sydney Olympics with designer steroids and transformed the world's understanding of doping, Conte arrived at the 2012 Games a changed man with a gold-medal hopeful under his tutelage and a message for anyone who will listen: he is now an anti-doping advocate, and if you are looking for dopers, he can tell you how to find them.

Since he entered guilty pleas in July 2005 to one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids and one count of laundering a portion of a check and spent four months in a federal prison, Conte has devoted much of his time to the pursuit of clean performance, speaking out for more effective testing and supporting the drug testing agency known as VADA (Volunteer Anti-Doping Association).

But on Friday, Conte was mainly concerned about getting through customs and to the hotel where he would meet up with 22-year-old boxer Marlen Esparza, with whom he has been working since January. Esparza, an outspoken defender of Conte, has become something of an Olympic darling, appearing in a McDonald's ad shown on NBC during the Opening Ceremonies, and scoring endorsement deals with Nike, CoverGirl and Coca-Cola.

"I'm here to cheer for American athletes," Conte said, "including Marlen Esparza. It's really that simple. London is a wonderful city. And we expect to have a great time and a wonderful Olympic Games experience."

July 6, 2012


Original Article: USA Today
By Bob Velin
July 6, 2012

As much as Nonito Donaire tries to focus solely on his opponent on Saturday night, lanky South African Jeffrey Mathebula, "The Filipino Flash" can't help but peek into the future from time to time and wonder what it will take to become the undisputed super bantamweight champion.

He looks at Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs) as just the next step in his quest to conquer the division and then move on to bigger and better things.

But first things first. Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs), the WBO champion, and his trainer, Robert Garcia, know Mathebula, the IBF champion who will meet Donaire on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (HBO, 10 p.m. ET), will not be an easy target, particularly with a nearly five-inch height advantage.

"Mathebula is a very tough fighter," Donaire said in a news conference call with reporters last week. "He is a tall guy, the tallest fighter I will have faced and I know (manager) Cameron (Dunkin) is nervous about it. But he's always nervous. He's always looking out for his fighters, that's how he is. But I told Cameron I wanted this fight. I knew this guy would motivate me and he made me train as hard as I did. I don't know what to expect because he is so tall."

Says Garcia: "Mathebula is a great champion and he's going to try and come in and surprise us and surprise the world. (Nonito) has been pushing himself really hard to come out and put on a really good performance."

Donaire, 29, says in one breath he's eager for a knockout against Mathebula, but then in the next breath finds himself looking ahead in the super bantamweight division.

"I try not to look ahead, but I do tend to glimpse a little bit. We have (Jorge) Arce, and (Toshiaki) Nishioka, we have a lot of the guys, like (Guillermo) Rigondeaux, or (Abner) Mares, guys who hold the belts. So for me, my longtime dream growing up has always been to be an undisputed champion. So if everything goes well with Mathebula and the IBF (title), we can go for the WBAor WBC(titles).

"I think the best guy in this division who I want to prove myself to is (WBC titlist) Nishioka. I think Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) is better than all of these guys. He's proven himself in this weight class to be the real champion."

Donaire, one of the world's top pound-for-pound fighters and known for his powerful punching ability, has agreed to random blood testing for the Mathebula fight and beyond, while making it optional for his opponent.

"I wanted to show that all of the things I've done, I have done through hard work," Donaire says. "I want to show honesty towards my fans. A lot of guys have been getting caught, but I just wanted to prove to my fans that the things I have done I have done by myself."

One reason for Donaire's agreeing to the year-round random blood testing through the Volunteer Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) is because he has incorporated controversial former BALCO founder Victor Conte into his training regimen, and is eager to prove to skeptics that Conte is 180 degrees different from the Conte who was knee-deep in Major League Baseball's steroids scandal a decade ago and spent time in prison because of it.

"We have a great relationship with Victor Conte," Donaire told USA TODAY Sports last month. "I trust the man and he trusts me and we've got to a place where our chemistry has been tremendous.

"I know a lot of people are saying, 'oh, you're dealing with the devil' and this and that, but I guess I always can find the goodness in people when others can't. One thing is, I've always been open to testing, and whatever it represents to the world of boxing in a cleaner way, and that's because I've been working with Victor.

"He's a very, very intelligent man, he knows about a lot of things. There's something that intrigues him, and that's a cleaner sport. He's teaching everyone out there now how to catch people (taking performance-enhancing drugs). And teaching people how to know if (someone) is on it. I always work hard and it doesn't matter to me, but I want to prove my point that it's better to have a cleaner fight."


June 29, 2012


Muscle & Fitness Magazine
by Jim Schmaltz
July 2012

Performance enhancing drugs will be part of the Summer Games.  How big a part depends on whom you ask, and who gets caught.

On July 27, more than 10,000 athletes from 205 countries will converge in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. They'll carry with them the pride of nations, years of preparation, and dreams nurtured from childhood, all for a chance at a singular moment of athletic glory.

Many of them will also carry anabolic testosterone, EPO, beta blockers, human growth hormone, masking agents, amphetamines, designer steroids, and shady posses of enablers and dealers that ill hover outside the Olympic village like a black-market shadow convention.

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