ONE: Late replacement Donayre braces for fight of his life vs Khan

first_img“That’s the only advantage he has. His preparation and his team. He’s with a good team ever since. But I think I’ve got edge on the ground—an advantage. And he hasn’t been tested,” he said. “Like what I’ve told everyone, this is gonna be his test and this is gonna be my stand. Three losses and no wins? Come on, man. I gotta do something. So this is is my stand and his test.”“I think [my biggest advantage is] gonna be on the grappling. I’m gonna exploit that. I’m gonna exploit his jiu jitsu game,” said Donayre, a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. “I know he’s gonna throw a lot of kicks, which is good for me, because if you throw one, one leg’s on the floor and I’m gonna go for that.”Donayre has dropped five of his last six fights and at this stage of his career, he can’t afford another setback.He considers his bout with Khan as his final stand if he winds up on the losing end anew.That, though, remains a big if. After hearing his opponent predicting a first round victory, Donayre found more reasons to go all out.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino fighter Vaughn Donayre, right, stands eye-to-eye with Singaporean Amir Khan during the ONE: Defending Honor: Official Face-off at Clark Quay in Singapore. Photo from ONE Championship’s Facebook accountDespite having limited time to prepare, Filipino bet Vaughn Donayre is confident he will emerge victorious against hometown fighter Amir Khan.Donayre was added into the ONE: Defending Honor as a late replacement for the injured Samir Mrabet.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Ravena makes it to Texas Legends as ‘developmental player’ EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol towncenter_img As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “He already talked s**t saying he’s gonna knock me in the first round. A former world champion couldn’t do that to me. I almost knocked him out twice!” said Donayre, referring to his countryman Honorio Banario whom he lost to by unanimous decision last April. “He (Khan) is not gonna do that to me. If he’s not gonna do that, I’ll do that to him.”“He walks like a gangster. He’s gonna be in for a rude awakening. For me, this is just not about winning. Like I said this is my stand. This is gonna be the fight of my life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The 37-year-old Donayre, a Cebuano who is based in Dubai, was only called up a week ago but had no second thoughts in seizing the opportunity.“I was actually ready for combat, but not just MMA. So when I got the call, I was on weight, and I was already training—specific, jiu jitsu. So when I talked to my coaches, they said, “You ready?” and we went for it,” Donayre said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentDonayre said the only edge Khan has over him is that he will come into the fight more prepared.Other than that, Donayre stressed he’s the better fighter especially when the bout is taken to the ground. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more