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On Sunday, August 16, our very own Nonito "The Filipino Flash: Donaire (21 wins, 1 loss, 14 KOs) will face Panama's Rafael "El Torito" Concepcion (13 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw, 8 KOs) for the Interim WBA World Superflyweight title at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. If successful, Donaire will be among the few Pinoy boxers to hold titles in multiple weight divisions.

But the fight is not expected to be easy for our boy. Hence, we present three factors that could determine Sunday's slugfest outcome. Feel free to use this, while you do a Quinito Henson, spouting analysis to your friends while glued to the TV.

POWER AND SPEED

Donaire is not called "The Filipino Flash" for nothing; he is fast. As in Manny Pacquiao fast. His wonderful 2007 Knockout of the Year victory over then-undefeated IBF Flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan came from a vicious counter left hook that floored the champion. That fight also highlighted the power in Donaire's punches, which, as we have also seen in his succeeding bouts, can overwhlem most fighters.

Meanwhile, Concepcion is largely known for his aggressive, come-forward attack and his in-fighting, particularly his body shots, which means he doesn't really rely on catching his opponent first. But don't count on him throwing soft punches. Just ask the previously undefeated Filipino prospect AJ "Bazooka" Banal, whom Concepcion battered to submission for the same title last year in Cebu. If you want proof.


WORDS: B.A. BORLEO ILLUSTRATION: FRANTZ ARNO SALVADOR
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