No disrespect to Rafael Concepcion (13 - 3 - 1 8 KOs) but Nonito Donaire ( 21 - 1 - 0 14 KOs) is the overwhelming favorite in the fight. Why? The Filipino Flash is undefeated since 2001 and won last his last five fights via KO OVER top opposition such as Vic Darchinyan and highly regarded Raul Martinez. His achievements earned him a spot in Ring Magazine's Pound for Pound list thereby affirming his status as one of the world's best boxers. Donaire has power and is a technically sound boxer - he knows when to wait and when to unleash. The Filipino Flash's training with the Penalosa brothers further honed his skills --- making him more deadly. He is truly a complete fighter. This will be the first match for Donaire in the 115 lb category - hopefully his power remains intact in his new weight class.
So what about Rafael Concepcion? Is he a sacrificial lamb so to speak? That's what people thought of him when he faced young prospect AJ Banal in Cebu, Philippines back in July last year. Concepcion is a durable boxer - he survived AJ's onslaught in the earlier rounds . He hang on, boxed, used his veteran smarts until the tenth round when he disposed of the young boxer. Concepcion won a World title as a result but then lost it to Arce months later. The Panamanian is now on a two-match winning streak and seeks to continue it with Donaire. Unlike AJ though, Donaire is prepared for any tricks Rafael Concepcion will display come fight night.
Donaire vs Concepcion Prediction: Donaire via KO (boxing experts' assessment)
Donaire vs Concepcion is a mismatch to some people but its not Donaire's fault. The Filipino flash was paired with Carita Lopez months back but the Puerto Rican seems to be avoiding the former like a plague. Then, Hugo Cazares name came out however the match up also fizzled out. Donaire was even lucky to get this fight as boxers in his old and new weight class are obviously avoiding him (Ask the Japanese flyweights. Not even a challenge could convince them to FIGHT him.)
If he wins, Nonito Donaire says will move up in weight again (118lb) and challenge Jorge Arce next.
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Donaire wins via unanimous decision. I'll update this please hang on.