Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire of the Philippines celebrates after winning the WBA World Featherweight Title boxing match against Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa in Macau Saturday, May 31, 2014. Donaire defected Vetyeka. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
- Nordine Oubaali vs Nonito Donaire goes Saturday, May 29th at 9 PM EST
- Who holds WBC gold when the dust settles on this one?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Nordine Oubaali vs Nonito Donaire tops the marquee of the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. This prizefight broadcasts on Showtime.
The WBC bantamweight world championship is being contested with Oubaali entering as the champion opposite Donaire in the contender position.
Nordine Oubaali vs Nonito Donaire Odds
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Unbeaten world champion and future Hall of Fame warrior cross paths in this showdown between Oubaali and Donaire. The last time each of these men saw action was on the same card together eighteen months ago.
Their initially scheduled December 2020 meeting was postponed via COVID-related circumstances. But, now the fight is finally coming to fruition.
Nonito Donaire’s Desire to Hold More Gold
Nonito Donaire holds the distinction of being a four-division titlist but still seems to have a lot more left in the tank.
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Despite his last bout being a loss, he gave a great account of himself against pound-for-pound ranked monster Naoya Inoue in a November 2019 unanimous decision loss.
Donaire’s last victory took place in April 2019 in the form of a sixth-round knockout against Stephon Young.
Donaire is known as The Filipino Flash and still maintains the blinding speed his nickname indicates.
Despite his meaningful tenure in the sport, he is still hungry and looking to compete for another five or ten years in championship collisions per the man himself.
Nordine Oubaali’s Quest for 18-0
Nordine Oubaali is a two-time Olympian, and the French fighter has subsequently carved a flawless swath through his competition so far as a pro.
Oubaali’s last bout saw him notch a unanimous decision victory over Takuma Inoue in their November 2019 world championship clash.
These 118 pounders match up quite well on paper, and the stylistic proclivities each has historically shown translates to a barnburner bout on paper.
Donaire is 38 years old and has been an active pro for over two decades. Conversely, Oubaali is 34 and settling smoothly into his prime.
Donaire would seem to have the edge in size and power, considering his competitive past at super bantamweight and featherweight. Conversely, Oubaali has advantages in terms of youth and overall momentum.
Oubaali vs Donaire Tale of the Tape
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The winner here not only captures a meaningful world title. But they set themselves up for potential title unification bouts down the line with other organizational kingpins.
Donaire captured his first world title in July 2007, and while he continues to operate at an elite level fight frequency, I still think it’s Nordine Oubaali’s time.
This prizefight is scheduled for twelve rounds, and I can see this one going to the final bell. I think there’s value in pursuing prop bets on this fight going the distance and Oubaali winning via points/decision.
Pick: Nordine Oubaali (-305)
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