NORDINE OUBAALI vs. NONITO DONAIRE
Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California 29/5/21
Nordine Oubaali has promised to show everybody just why he is the best bantamweight in the world when he defends his WBC bantamweight title against Nonito Donaire on Saturday.
Unbeaten Oubaali (17-0, 12 KOs) puts his belt on the line against Donaire (40-6, 26 KOs) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on Saturday, live on Showtime.
The 118lb division is home to a number of big names, including the likes of Naoya Inoue, Guillermo Rigondeaux and John Riel Casimero, but Oubaali is confident that he’s the best of the lot.
Oubaali said: “This has been a very long training camp. I was supposed to fight Nonito a few times last year, and every time I had a camp leading up to a new date. First May, then December. Now, it’s finally time to fight.
“I had a lot of really good sparring in France and in Los Mochis, Mexico. It’s a nine-hour time difference coming from France, so I wanted to make sure I could get acclimated. I left France on May 1 and I’ve been able to adapt to the time and the conditions that I’ll be fighting in on May 29.
“Nonito Donaire is a big name and he’s been a world champion in a lot of different divisions. He’s strong, but I know what he can do and I know what my strategy is. I think we have similar styles, because we both like to stand and fight.
“He’s a strong fighter with a great technique, but I’m just going to do my best with whatever situations present themselves on fight night. My strength is being able to adapt to any style. I will feel the fight out. For me, boxing is like chess. Every time he makes a move, I have to counter it. I will respond to however Nonito comes forward and make the fight go the way I want it to.
“For me, I don’t worry about who is the favourite or the underdog. I stay focused on the fight. The favourite is whoever has their hand raised at the end. I’m the champion and in my mind, I’m the best fighter in the division. I know why I came here, and that’s to get the job done. I came here to stay champion.
“Having all of this time for preparation has been good, but I think the strategy I have will be the same now as it would have been any other time we fought. It’s not anyone’s fault that the fight got pushed back, it’s just what we’ve all had to deal with the past year. We both have had plenty of time to prepare and I’m just excited that now the time is here.
“I’m the best bantamweight in the world. I’m going to give a great fight on Saturday so that everyone knows. I want all the bantamweights to know that I’m ready for them. I want to fight the best. I’m ready for the winner of John Riel Casimero vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux or Naoya Inoue. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. I know that I’m the best. Now I need to win and show the world.”
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