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Donaire, Casimero dangle world crowns vs Gaballo, Butler; Mama faces Edwards

Roy Luarca
Donaire, Casimero dangle world crowns vs Gaballo, Butler; Mama faces Edwards

WORLD CHAMP. Nonito Donaire stops Nordine Oubaali in three rounds in his last fight.

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Though he'll be 39 years old on fight night, Nonito Donaire has been tagged the favorite over his 25-year-old compatriot Reymart Gaballo

History will be made on December 11 when four full-blooded Filipinos – Nonito Donaire Jr., Johnriel Casimero, Reymart Gaballo, and Jayson Mama – seek world titles at two venues with different time zones.

Donaire will dangle his World Boxing Council bantamweight belt against Gaballo at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson City, California, while Casimero and Mama will tangle with two Britons at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, United Emirates.

Casimero puts his World Boxing Organization bantamweight crown on the line against Paul Butler in the main event of Probellium: Revolution, while Mama seeks to dislodge International Boxing Federation flyweight titlist Sunny Edwards in the chief support.

Though he’ll be 39 years old on fight night, Donaire has been tagged the favorite over the 25-year-old Gaballo, who’s unbeaten in 24 bouts with 20 knockouts.

Donaire (41-6 with 27 knockouts), after all, is a four-division world champion and has battled superior opponents compared to Gaballo, who bested Emmanuel Rodriguez by split decision last December 8 to become mandatory challenger.

In his last fight, Donaire demolished erstwhile untouchable Nordine Oubaali in three rounds to prove his power in the 118-pound division.

Like Donaire, Casimero (31-4, 21 knockouts) is picked to prevail over Butler, who squeezed out a split decision over Willibaldo Garcia on June 5.

Donaire and Casimero, a three-division world champion, are gunning for knockouts as both want to earn the right to clash with World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion Naoya Inoue, who is expected to scuttle Thai Aran Dipaen (12-2) on December 14 in Tokyo.

According to Sanman Promotions head JC Manangquil, Gaballo is in deep training in Miami, Florida, and is raring to stun his idol Donaire. – Rappler.com