Event : Nonito Donaire vs. Reymart Gaballo
Date: 11 December 2021
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Location: New York, US
Nonito Donaire Jr., the WBC bantamweight champion, and mandatory challenger Reymart Gaballo both checked in under the bantamweight limit for their bout on Saturday.
Donaire (41-6, 27 KOs) weighed in at 117.2 pounds for the first defense of the championship he earned in May by knocking out Nordine Oubaali in the fourth round. At 117 pounds, Gaballo (24-0, 20 KOs) was somewhat lighter.
The bout, which was forced after Gaballo defeated Emmanuel Rodriguez for the interim championship a year ago, is a rare all-Filipino world title duel.
Donaire, 39, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but was born in the Philippines’ Bohol province. Gaballo, 25, was born and reared in Polomolok, Philippines, just outside of General Santos City, where Donaire’s father, Nonito Donaire Sr., grew up.
Nonito Donaire record and bio :
- Nationality: Filipino
- Date of Birth: November 16, 1982
- Height: 5’7″
- Reach: 68.5″
- Total Fights: 47
- Record: 41-6 (27 KOs)
Reymart Gaballo record and Bio :
- Nationality: Filipino
- Date of Birth: August 24, 1996
- Height: 5’6″
- Reach: 68″
- Total Fights: 24
- Record: 24-0, (20 KOs)
Nonito Donaire vs. Reymart Gaballo fight card :
- Nonito Donaire vs. Reymart Gaballo, 12 rounds, bantamweight; for Donaire’s WBC bantamweight title
- Kudratillo Abdukakhorov vs. Cody Crowley; welterweight
- Marlon Tapales vs. Hiroaki Teshigawara; super bantamweight
- Brandun Lee vs. Juan Heraldez; super lightweight
- Andrew Tabiti vs. Mitch Williams; cruiserweight
- Custio Clayton vs. Cameron Krael; welterweight
- Jesus Silveyra vs. M. Perez Aispuro; super lightweight
- Bryan Flores vs. Tyrone Luckey; super lightweight
- Gurgen Hovhannisyan vs. Nick Jones; heavyweight
Nonito Donaire vs. Reymart Gaballo fight Prediction :
It’s difficult to pick on Donaire in this case, and why would you want to? He’s one of the greatest men in a violent sport, as evidenced by his role as Gaballo’s interpreter during Thursday’s press conference.
Furthermore, Donaire is the superior combatant. With no disrespect intended, Gaballo should not even be in this position, considering he only got here after committing a heist against Rodriguez and the rematch never materializing. Donaire is a boxer who can hit with a lot of force, counter well, bite down on his mouthpiece, and go punch-for-punch when the situation calls for it.
The danger here appears to be less from Gaballo and more from the ever-present possibility that time has just caught up with Donaire.
He is 39 years old, and his age will soon catch up with him. Continuing to reduce to bantamweight may exacerbate such problems if they arise.
Gaballo’s greatest hope here is if it turns out he’s part of a tag team attempting to knock down an icon via age and weight cuts. On Saturday night, it is unlikely to happen, as Donaire unleashes his left hook and right straight against a fighter who is simply not on his level.