MMA fighting styles

Oubaali says he, not Donaire, is the best bantamweight in the world




CARSON, Calif. (May 26, 2021) – WBC bantamweight world champion Nordine Oubaali and future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire shared a glimpse of their training camps and their long-awaited showdown that is making headlines live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, May 29 at a Premier Boxing Champions event at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and will see contender Subriel Matias take on undefeated Batyr Jukembayev in an IBF Junior Welterweight title eliminator in the co-main event. In the televised opener, undefeated 2016 US Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell will face Jovanie Santiago in a 10-round super lightweight clash.

The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on The Dignity Health Sports Park will be open to fans in a limited capacity, with all guests remaining socially aloof and subject to local and national health guidelines throughout the event.

Oubaali and Donaire will finally meet in the ring after they were initially scheduled to face each other last year in a SHOWTIME Main Event. Oubaali will look to achieve the best career victory over a future Hall of Fame, while Donaire looks to add another triumph to his excellent career resume. The winner of this fight will have their eye on the winner of the upcoming showdown between former Unified Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBO Bantamweight Champion John Riel Casimero, who are set to meet at SHOWTIME on August 14 during a Premier event. Boxing Champions.

Here’s what the main event fighters had to say ahead of Saturday’s showdown:


On the training camp:

“It was a very long training camp. I was supposed to fight Nonito a few times last year, and each time I had a camp leading to a new date. May first, then December. Now it is finally time to fight.

“I had a lot of very good fights in France and Los Mochis, Mexico. It’s a nine hour time difference from France so I wanted to make sure I could acclimatize. I left France on May 1 and I was able to adapt to the times and the conditions in which I will fight on May 29.

Facing a future Hall of Famer in Nonito Donaire:

“Nonito Donaire is a big name and he’s been world champion in many 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 up and fight.

“He’s a strong fighter with great technique, but I’m just going to do my best in whatever situation comes up on fight night. My strength is being able to adapt to any style. I will feel the fight. For me, boxing is like chess. Every time he makes a move, I have to counter him. I’m going to respond to the way Nonito presents himself and make the fight go the way I want it to.

By being the betting favorite in this fight:

“For me, I don’t care who is the favorite or the underdog. I stay focused on the fight. The favorite is the one who raised their hand 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 it is to do the job. I came here to stay champion.

On how being over a year old knowing Donaire was next will help or hurt him on fight night:

“Having all that time for preparation has been a good thing, but I think the strategy I have will be the same now as it would have been any other time we have fought. It’s nobody’s fault the fight was pushed back, it’s just what we all had to deal with last year. We have both had plenty of time to prepare and I’m glad the time is right. “

On his post to the rest of the bantamweight division:

“I am the best bantamweight in the world. I’m going to give a great fight on Saturday so everyone knows. I want all bantamweight to know that I am ready for them. I want to fight the best. I’m ready for the winner of John Riel Casimero against Guillermo Rigondeaux or Naoya Inoue. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. I know I am the best. Now I need to win and show the world. “


On the training camp:

“When I got into the gym for this fight, I could feel the power, the speed, the explosiveness again. I felt like my body had time to heal properly for this training camp. I am very confident for Saturday night. “

On what he expects from Oubaali:

“He’s very technically sound. You can’t underestimate a guy like him who has this amateur pedigree and who wore that belt on his waist. We don’t underestimate him. He’s smart and tough, but I have the experience, the power, the speed and all the motivation to beat him. I will seek the knockout as I do in every fight.

On the longest layoff of his career:

“It was frustrating at times, but it gave me time to recuperate and refresh my body. I’m feeling great right now and felt great going into training camp. I was able to get closer to my children, to my wife and to get closer to myself thanks to spirituality. Time has given me a chance to heal and become young again. The layoff really refreshed my mentality and my body. I feel good. I don’t expect ring rust on Saturday. “

By increasing its intensity in combat:

“For four or five years, maybe even longer, I’ve been fighting just to work with guys. The state of mind was not to destroy someone. But in this training camp, I had a great fight where I go at my own pace and I don’t hold back. I did everything. This has been the biggest key to recovering the killer instinct I had in the past. I was very aware after Inoue’s fight that I had to make a change in the fight. When I hurt a guy, I backed up. It showed in the ring when I hurt Inoue, I took a step back instead of going into the killing spree.

On the possibility of overtaking Gerry Penalosa to become the longest-running bantamweight champion:

“Gerry is a good friend of mine. It would be so important to me. I am still in competition; I always play at a very high level and that proves that age is not a factor in being in good health. When you stay motivated and healthy, it all counts. I’m really proud of where I am and what I can still accomplish. “

Facing a left-hander:

“The layoff gave me a lot of time to really study and assess wrestling against lefties. Of all my losses, half were lefties. I learned a lot about lefties during this layoff and I feel good. I feel like I could beat any southpaw right now.

Be an outsider:

“I have been an outsider on several occasions. It’s a challenge for me and it motivates me a bit, but do I really care about being an underdog? No, because in my career, I make things happen. It’s not to prove anyone wrong, but just to prove that I’m still here. All this talk goes right in front of me and doesn’t come to mind. The motivation for me is to beat this guy.