Donaire rival in top shape

THE manager of World Boxing Association featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka, who makes the first defense of his title against four division champion Nonito Donaire in Macau on May 31, has recruited strength and conditioning coach Mike McLoughlin to help his ward get into top physical and mental condition for the title fight.

Manager Andile Sidinile said that Vetyeka cannot rely solely on is God-given talents and would have to be at the peak of his physical and mental skills against Donaire, whom he described as “a tricky challenger.”

Donaire himself has been working relentlessly with American strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson, who has put him through a rigorous routine with Nonito’s father/trainer Dodong Donaire Sr., telling the Manila Standard the 2012 Fighter of the Year is ready, while Donaire’s wife Rachael, who is at every training session, told Manila Standard her husband “feel incredible.”

South African boxing writer  Bongani Magasela of the Sowetan newspaper quoted Sidinile, who said he brought in McLoughlin to assist Vetyeka during his training in East London.

“It doesn’t matter how good you are, the fact remains you’ve got to supplement that with other fitness measures,” Sidinile.

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