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May 13, 2011


Although a boxer stands alone in the ring, Nonito Donaire recognizes that it is a team sport. Besides his supreme skill, the three-division titleholder has put together a team that places him far beyond most, if not all challengers.

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May 12, 2011

Original article: Daily News
By Teri Thompson and Nathaniel Vinton

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sitting in a Thai restaurant earlier this month in San Francisco, just a few blocks from the federal courthouse where Barry Bonds goes on trial Monday, BALCO founder Victor Conte seemed more like Buddha than a boogeyman.

Almost five years have passed since Conte completed a four-month prison term for organizing the biggest and most brazen doping ring in sports history. Today, he is a Bay Area family man with a bustling nutritional supplement business to run. He works with pro and amateur athletes and helps more than a few journalists understand the vexing issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

In short, he is a guru, enjoying his comeback moment amid what should be the final chapter of the eight-year BALCO saga.

"I'm happy to be back doing what I like to do, which is help athletes and be involved in the sports nutrition industry," says Conte, who has recently been driving a quarter-million-dollar Bentley around town. "Life is fun. I'm happy to be back and living a productive life."

Tomorrow, the same prosecutors who busted Conte will finally get their chance to try Bonds on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The five felony counts stem from Bonds' testimony before the grand jury that was investigating Conte and his circle in the fall of 2003. Jury selection begins tomorrow. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

Meanwhile at Manora's Thai on Folsom, Conte was hanging out with pro boxer Nonito Donaire, a Bay Area bantamweight originally from the Philippines. Donaire and his entourage were gathered for a noodle-and-strategy session, their phones buzzing as they scheduled photo shoots and workout sessions.

"He's like a father to me," says Donaire. "He's protected me. We're like a family . . . I'm not yet at the pinnacle of my talent. Victor Conte has the key to unlock that potential."

Conte also works with Marlon Byrd, the Cubs outfielder who began working with Conte about a year before Byrd made the 2010 All-Star team and completed his best season. The collaboration hasn't pleased Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

"We've talked to him," Selig said of Byrd during a visit to spring training earlier this month. "He knows how we feel and it's not a situation that makes me very happy."

Even after seven years, Conte is still sensitive to what he perceives as unfair personal attacks on his character, especially when they come from someone as powerful as Selig. Travis Tygart, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, was recently quoted in the San Jose Mercury News comparing Conte's working with athletes to Bernie Madoff coming out of prison and going to work for the Fed "while there's billions of dollars yet to be repaid - I think there would be an outcry."

"Redemption," Tygart added, "doesn't come for free."

Conte believes he has more than paid the price for what he calls the "smallest money-laundering case in the history of the federal government," and a conviction that amounts to "an ounce of weed and a $100 money-laundering charge."

It all began on Sept. 3, 2003, 12:41 p.m., when 26 agents and a swat team busted through the doors of Conte's business, Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning (SNAC) in a Burlingame strip mall and began screaming, "Police! Police! Does anyone have any weapons?"

As a helicopter swooped in overhead (it was later determined to be from a news agency that Conte believes was alerted by the cops). At gunpoint, Conte and his partner, Jim Valente, were instructed to sit in the lobby until IRS investigator Jeff Novitzky escorted Conte to a conference room in the back of the office.

Conte said in a sworn affidavit that he was not shown a search warrant until after the raid ended and a female agent handed him a copy of the warrant and his key to the building; Novitzky claimed he showed Conte the warrant at least three times. Conte also disputed Novitzky's claims that he implicated athletes on a "list" of Conte's clients.

Conte would endure another SWAT raid - this one on Jan. 25, 2005 - that sealed his distrust of the government.

As Conte describes it, he awoke around 7 a.m. to a loud banging on his front door. As he walked from his bedroom into the living room, he saw through the front windows that armed FBI agents in flak jackets were assembled outside his house.

A female agent standing outside the window screamed, "Open the door, now!" This time, the agents were looking for evidence that Conte had leaked secret grand jury testimony from the BALCO case to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Conte had not been the leaker - it turned out that his former lawyer, Troy Ellerman, who also represented Valente, was the leaker. Ellerman, who had filed a motion to dismiss based on his assertions that the government leaked the transcripts, was imprisoned and disbarred.

Conte has been outspoken in his criticism of the Chronicle and its reporters, who refused to identify their source for leaked grand jury testimony. Conte declined to be interviewed by ESPN for a piece on Ellerman that airs Sunday.

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May 12, 2011


After chasing Shane Mosley around the MGM Grand Garden ring to win a lopsided 12-round decision, Manny Pacquiao declared his performance was less than stellar due to a left calf muscle cramp.

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May 11, 2011

Original Article: Comcast Sports Net
By Ryan Maquiñana

July 22, 2011

Barry Bonds and Marion Jones may be wary of the media nowadays, but a principal figure involved in their now infamous sagas has embraced it.

In this instance, however, the once-maligned Victor Conte is now a wanted man for the right reasons partially due to his recent results with professional boxers.

“This whole concept of old school boxing training, waking up and running six or seven miles and chopping wood…is just not nearly as effective as the technologies that are available today,” the BALCO founder says.

After working with prominent Bay Area fighters like Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, and Karim Mayfield, Conte’s latest pupil is current IBF super lightweight champion Zab “Super” Judah, who fights this Saturday in Las Vegas (HBO, 7 p.m.).

“I think that the best Zab Judah is going to show up,” Conte says from his San Carlos Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Nutrioning (SNAC) headquarters.  “I believe he has tremendous confidence.  He certainly has the ability and the power to win the fight, and I think he will.”

Judah (41-6, 28 KOs), a two-division world titlist from Brooklyn, is an underdog heading into a Saturday unification showdown with WBA beltholder Amir Khan of England (25-1, 17 KOs), partially as a result of his tendency to tire out in the later rounds of big fights.

In fact, the outspoken southpaw used his vast repertoire of offensive skills to take early leads against Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto before running out of gas as both fights progressed.

Enter Donaire.  The San Leandro resident befriended Judah in Las Vegas and introduced him to the hypoxic machine, a high-altitude simulator and staple of Donaire’s workouts ever since he hooked up with Conte last year.

“Victor’s made me into a monster man,” Donaire declares, having shocked the boxing world with a two-round February destruction of formidable Fernando Montiel for the WBC and WBO bantamweight belts.  “He’s done a lot for me with the things I do with him and Remi Korchmeny.  My speed, my power, reflexes, you name it, are on another level from before, and Zab will see it, too.”

“I've been with Victor now for a while.  We've just been working for a couple of months," Judah tells RingTV’s Lem Satterfield.  “Victor Conte is more or less a conditioner and a motivator.”

May 11, 2011

Original Article: Max Boxing

By Steve Kim

Monday, July 18, 2011

As he prepares for his junior welterweight unification showdown on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, IBF titlist Zab Judah believes that- and yes, get ready for a “cliché alert”- he is indeed in the best shape of his life coming into this bout against WBA beltholder, Amir Khan. No, seriously, this time he means it.

"I must say," Judah stated to Maxboxing last week from Las Vegas, "I am in the best shape of my career. It’s going to be phenomenal. People always say things about breathing and ’Zab Judah can’t make it past six rounds’ but I think if the fight permits itself to go 12 rounds, after 12 rounds, I’ll be looking for another six."

In the past, Judah has been like a drag racing vehicle, capable of quick, explosive starts but not built for the long haul. He now believes he is capable of boxing effectively for long distances. Much of it has to do with his consultation of noted conditioning and nutritional guru Victor Conte.

"Victor’s a very smart guy; he’s a very underestimated man. I think we play together as two great people. We are the same kinda person with some past histories of things; people just judge on that alone," said Judah, referencing their checkered pasts. "His character as a person, that’s not who he is [anymore]. He’s a different kinda guy and I’m very pleased to be working with Victor and the man has been nothing but a great help to me and everything like that. He’s a legit, honest guy."

March 8, 2011

Original article: MMA Fighting
By Ben Fowlkes

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

February 18, 2011

Original Article: Yahoo! Sport UK & Ireland

By Kevin Iole

Friday, February 18, 2011

Nonito Donaire will fight Fernando Montiel in a bantamweight title bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and he’s going on about Montiel as if he’s the great Mexican fighter’s publicist.

Donaire praises Montiel’s power, his punching accuracy, his style, his accomplishments. If you’re out of a job and need someone to make a case for you, Nonito Donaire Jr. is your man.

Listen to him rave about Montiel, the World Boxing Council/World Boxing Organization world champion, and you fear for the Filipino’s safety.

“He’s fabulous,” Donaire says of Montiel.

All the while, though, this grin creases Donaire’s face. He’s not being disrespectful to Montiel in any way, because Montiel’s record commands respect. After all, it’s not often you come across a guy with a 44-2 record and world championships in three weight classes. Someone wasn’t paying attention if Montiel isn’t elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame the minute he becomes eligible.

Donaire’s grin, though, is more about what he knows about himself. He knows better than anyone the transformation his body has made in the last 10 months. He knows how much more explosive he is, how much faster he’s become, how much harder he hits and how much more difficult he is to hit.

Everything about Nonito Donaire Jr.’s boxing game has ratcheted up a few notches in the last 10 months, which is saying something since he was a world-class fighter before that.

But since a chance meeting at a Northern California bank with Victor Conte – yes, that Victor Conte – Donaire has transformed himself into a completely different athlete.

“The world is going to see a special athlete and a very special boxer, I believe, on Saturday night,” Conte says.

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February 18, 2011

Original Article: Max Boxing

By Ryan Maquiñana

Friday, February 18, 2011

At the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, Calif., the heavy bag suffers a princely beating at the hands of four different legends in one night.

“Here’s Mike Tyson,” says bantamweight Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire, as he pulverizes the bag with blazing double left hooks. “Bap-bap!  Bap-bap!  Who’s next?”

Donaire’s bob-and-weave impression of the heavyweight legend is soon followed by an uncanny southpaw rendition of Manny Pacquiao as well as a pinpoint imitation of the stylings of Roy Jones, Jr., all of which receive raucous applause from his wife Rachel and the spectators in attendance for his public workout.

But once the fanfare subsides and playtime is over, THE RING’s number five pound-for-pound fighter’s persona is the last man standing.  “Iron Mike,” “RJ,” and the “Pac-Man” can come back another time.

Nonito is just left with Nonito; he has become boxing royalty in his own right and resumes the rest of his workout with the quiet intensity of a Shaolin monk.  And that’s the way he likes it heading into the biggest moment of his career.

February 2, 2011



Talk about career switches! Victor Conte spent nearly two decades as a professional musician, playing bass with the Oakland group Tower of Power and Herbie Hancock.

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December 4, 2010

Original Article: MaxBoxing

By Steve Kim

Saturday, December 4, 2010

As Nonito Donaire prepared for this weekend’s contest versus Wladimir Sidorenko, he enlisted the help of renowned sprint coach Remi Korchemny. For years, like many other boxers, “The Filipino Flash” conditioned himself with old-fashioned road work, consisting of pounding the pavement over a methodical pace in the early morning hours. However, under Korchemny's guidance every Tuesday on the track at the College of San Mateo, he embarked on a regimen that focused on speed and explosiveness.

Much of what Donaire did was the type of training utilized by the likes of world-class sprinters like Dwain Chambers, Kelli White, Alvin Harrison and Chryste Gaines. Korchemny has also worked in the past with boxers Andre Ward and Carina Moreno and trained former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski.

And Donaire says he can already feel the results.

"I've figured out that my style is like a sprint," he told Maxboxing. "Every punch that comes out of me is a burst; every movement is a burst because I've got speed. In order for me to create power, I have to have that burst in my punches. So with Remi around, I'm in tremendous shape because of him. My recovery time has increased so much and I feel great. I definitely am blessed with Remi around because I feel great; I feel good. I'm in the best shape of my life. Literally, I'm in the best shape of my life."

So what exactly was Donaire doing under Korchemny during their 90 minutes together every week?

His unique training for boxers includes "driving resistance" drills using large bungee cords attached to a belt and stadium railing. He has Donaire repeatedly come forward, creating more resistance with each step and then finish the repetitions by throwing punches with the maximum resistance. These repetitions are also done with backward and side-to-side steps.

Korchemny also had Donaire doing sprint drills using a "bullet belt." The belt-and-shoulder harness is attached from the back to a line connected with Velcro. Nonito sprints forward with Korchemny behind him, holding the line to create resistance for each step for about 20 yards. Then he releases the line and Donaire "explodes" and then sprints all out for another 30 yards. This is to further develop his explosive speed and power.

Among many other drills and exercises, Korchemny has Donaire do repetitions of 20 and 40-yard sprints, which are all timed to measure his improvements.

That is what they did in a nutshell, in addition to the intermittent hypoxic training (IHT) Donaire started a full two months before the fight at the SNAC headquarters under the watchful eye of Victor Conte, who has worked Donaire since his last bout and has been associated with Korchemny for years. Conte would further detail Donaire's preparation outside the gym in an email to Maxboxing:

"We have been routinely using the latest generation fitness and heart monitoring device and "memory belt." This lightweight recording belt is worn around the chest. It measures seven different physiological parameters including TE (Training Effect), which calculates the training load based upon the intensity and duration of the workout. EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption), which is the amount of additional oxygen the body needs to recover from a workout, which helps determine the appropriate recovery interval needed. Ventilation, which is the number of liters of oxygen consumed per minute. VO2 max (ml/kg/min), which is the number of milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight consumed per minute. The device also records Respiration Rate and Energy Consumption. The minimum, maximum and mean averages are also calculated for these parameters.

Nonito wears the memory belt for each workouts including his sparring and sprint training sessions. Thereafter, he we routinely analyze and compare the data, so adjustments can be made accordingly.

In addition to the comprehensive blood testing (CBC, Comprehensive Metabolic Profile and mineral levels, etc.) that we did for his last fight, we have also been monitoring Nonito's LDH (Lactate Deydrogenase) and CK (Creatine Kinase) levels as markers of possible over-training. We want Nonito to be as strong, fast and fresh as possible on fight night, so he can execute the excellent plan designed by his trainer Robert Garcia.




It is my opinion that Nonito Donaire may be the most scientifically prepared fighters in the world of boxing today."
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