By Erwin Lastimosa
Wladimir Sidorenko felt the power of every single punch “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire landed on him, it was evidenced by the multiple knockdowns by Nonito. In the fourth round Wladimir had to take a knee from a vicious right hand from Donaire with his face gushing with blood the referee called the fight off in the fourth . Nonito, like Manny Pacquiao, is a Filipino fighter who started in the lower weights and is moving up in weight from the flyweight division.
Already there is some banter going around on various boxing forums that Nonito Donaire is using steroids or performance enhancing drugs, because of how fresh and powerful he looked against the tough Ukrainian bantamweight Sidorenko. But the main reason people are questioning Nonito’s new found energy and power is because of his association with the infamous BALCO owner Victor Conte, the same man who provided designer steroids to athletes Sugar Shane Mosley and Marion Jones, steroids that went undetected by the Olympic drug tests.
Donaire was hitting so hard it sounded like he had anvils in his gloves. His jab alone was pushing Wladimir back and rocking him. Some people are taking shots at Nonito possibly because he is a Filipino like Manny Pacquiao, who the Mayweather family accused of taking steroids because he was hitting harder when he went up in weight.
I say the reason that Donaire and Manny Pacquiao are looking better and more energetic has to do with not having to cut down too much in weight as they go up and their updated training and nutrition regimen.
Manny Pacquiao hired Alex Ariza who took the Pacman’s diet and training to a new level by implementing sports supplements and vitamins that Manny needed to recover from intense training, and Manny not having to cut so much weight and eating so he could have his body absorb the nutrients making him fresher and stronger come fight night.
Nonito hired Victor Conte a man who has been associated with steroids in the past, but regardless of his history, Conte knows his stuff about the human body and how to get an athlete in top condition for an event. Victor Conte did his time, and I doubt he would be foolish enough to get caught up cheating again.
What Conte did with Donaire was analyze his body, and check what type of nutrients Nonito was lacking and fixing his nutritional supplementation to help Nonito recover from intense training. Also Nonito has a new boxing trainer in Robert Garcia, and a good sprinting conditioning coach in 78-year old Remi Korchemny.
In previous fights Nonito was trained by his father, but with Garcia he is able to fine tune his game and work on his sharpness and overall boxing. When you have a better coach and improved training and nutritional intake your body will react better and make you perform better, look at Manny Pacquiao he has Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza.
A lot of boxers today are stuck in the mindset of old school training and nutrition. They would rather chop wood, avoid circuit training with weights, and just use roadwork, jump rope and punching bags for conditioning.
Is it Nonito’s fault for having a new and improved conditioning and nutritional program with advanced methods and supplements to help him gain an edge over his opponent?
A boxer just like any athlete thrives to gain an advantage over their opponent, Nonito and Conte make sure that everything in his system is legal and done properly.
I don’t blame those speculating, to the old school boxing guy anything that diverts from the old school mentality like taking sports supplements is considered cheating.
I say “get with the times”, every other sports athlete has and so should boxing.
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Erwin Lastimosa is a long time boxing fan and enjoys boxing discussion with his peers. Some of his favorite fighters are Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Muhammad Ali, Flash Elorde, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao.