Nonito Donaire vs. Reymart Gaballo
Final Press Conference
WBC Bantamweight World Champion and future Hall of Famer
Nonito Donaire and unbeaten Interim WBC Bantamweight
Champion and fellow Filipino countryman Reymart Gaballo went
face to face at the final press conference Thursday before
they meet in the main event live on SHOWTIME this Saturday,
December 11 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Dignity
Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
The telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and features unbeaten
welterweight contenders Kudratillo Abdukakhorov and Cody
Crowley squaring off in the 10-round co-main event, plus
rising super lightweight Brandun Lee battling contender Juan
Heraldez in a 10-round bout. The telecast kicks off with a
replay of last Saturday’s Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz
SHOWTIME PPV® main event.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
“For me, after the Naoya Inoue fight, I saw that I still had
a purpose in this sport. I came in strong against Nordine
Oubaali in my last fight because I have that purpose. That
purpose is to become undisputed champion of the world.
“I’m proud that there is another Filipino fighting at this
level. I’m happy to be sharing the ring with Reymart. I know
he’s very hungry and that he has a big dream, just like
everyone in the Philippines. I know that he’s going to be at
his best, so I made sure that I’m prepared and at my best as
“I’ve faced a lot of top guys with great power like Gaballo
has. My experience allows me to have no fear of the power.
We’re just focused on our strategy and how I can take
advantage of his style.
“We’re 100% ready. We build up our mental fortitude so we
can always push forward and be ready. We’re only as strong
as our mind can be. My mental strength is through the moon.
“I’m here enjoying this moment and every moment I have left
in my career. In the gym, I feel like I can do this for
another 10 years. I just take it one fight at a time and I’m
grateful for every moment of it.
“This is a gentleman’s sport. It gives credibility to a
fighter if he can speak with sportsmanship. It’s not about
talking down to other people. I believe the greater man can
look into his opponent’s eyes, shake hands with him and then
go for the kill when they’re in the ring.
“I love the sport of boxing. It’s given me everything that I
have and I’m going to represent the sport with honor and
“I’m going to leave it up to my team as to what we do next.
Having said that, I’m going to go after all of the other
“Reymart is a really good fighter, but I’m very confident. I
have bigger fish to go after following this fight. We’re
both going to do our best but victory is the only thing I’m
“It’s an honor to fight my idol in the ring. I’m so excited
to compete on Saturday night for the world championship.
“When I look at my last fight, I see that I have to improve
my head movement and throw more punches. I believe that I’ve
made the improvements that I needed to during training camp.
“Every time we train in the gym, everyone is throwing me the
same punches that Nonito throws. We know that he’s not only
going to throw that left hook, so we made sure I’ll be ready
“Age is just a number. I know that Donaire’s movement is
still there, just like it’s always been. We’re not going to
rely on my youth as the only thing I need in this fight.
“I’m very happy and it gives me great pleasure to have this
chance to become world champion. I’ve been working my whole
life to accomplish this goal.
“I’m going to do everything that we’ve worked on and
prepared for in training so that I put on a great
performance. I’m coming with everything I have to win this
“I don’t like to talk too much, but I can say that I’m going
to do my best in the ring on Saturday night.
“This is going to be a very good fight and I’m going to do
everything that I can to make sure that my hand is raised
after the final bell rings.”
“I will win this fight. After three years of being the
mandatory challenger in the IBF, I deserve a shot to be a
“I will knock him out on Saturday night and then I will
knock out Errol Spence Jr. to become world champion.
“I have no sympathy for Crowley and I don’t want to hear any
excuses from him after this fight. It doesn’t matter what he
says today, I will knock him out anyway.
“I’ve prepared for this opportunity and I know that I have
what it takes not only to win this fight, but to show
everyone that I’m one of the best welterweights in the
“I’m going to win this fight and knock him out. He says he’s
never lost a round before, but that’s because he’s never
faced the kind of competition that I’ve faced or that I
bring to the ring.”
“I got offered this fight back in April and I accepted this
fight without questioning it. He backed out the first time,
but now we’re finally here. I have a feeling he’s
“He doesn’t know what I’m capable of. I’ve been in the ring
with world champions. Even by mentioning Errol Spence’s
name, he’s overlooking me. On Saturday night, he’s going to
find himself in waters that he can’t swim in.
“You’re going to see who’s standing in the center of the
ring and who’s running once the bell rings. I’ve survived in
waters that destroy most people.
“I feel fantastic. I’m a world-class athlete and this is the
level I’m supposed to be on. There’s a reason that people
can’t keep up with my activity in the ring. I’m a machine.
He’s going to find out that he doesn’t have a human in front
of him Saturday night.
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. This is where I
belong and this is where I thrive. I feel at home right now.
A win on Saturday puts me where I already know I am. I’m a
world champion in my head, the world just doesn’t know it
“It’s taken a lot of sacrifice to get here. I’m from a super
small town in Canada where boxing doesn’t really exist. I’ve
had a burning desire since a young age to become something
great and I’ve put myself in the best possible environment
to be successful.
“Everything I’ve done comes from a crazy work ethic that I
put in at the gym every single day. I wake up and go to
sleep every day knowing that I’m going to become world
champion. Now I’m here on SHOWTIME. It’s a message to
everyone out there in the world, that you can do anything
you put your mind to.”
“I am going in to win no matter how it goes down. I might
knock him out, it may go the distance.
“It doesn’t matter if I go for the knockout or go for the
win. Come Saturday night, I’ll be 24-0.
“I don’t get paid for overtime, so it doesn’t matter if the
fight goes one round or 10 rounds. I’m going to take it
moment by moment and display all of my skills for as long as
this fight goes.
“Juan Heraldez is a good boxer; he has good speed and he is
light on his feet. He is definitely my best opponent to
date. It’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to.
“I can’t predict the future, but the one thing I can predict
is me winning. I’m going to be 24-0 after Saturday night.”
“I learned in the Regis Prograis fight that I have to
prepare better. I can’t just rely on my skills and talent. I
have to physically be at a higher level.
“I changed coaches back to my amateur coach because I know
he’s going to have a game plan and that he’s going to get
the best out of me.
“I’m not worried about being an underdog. I’ve been an
underdog against an undefeated fighter before and we’ve seen
what I can do in those kinds of fights.
“I’m going to show off where I’m headed in this sport. My
speed, talent and my jab are going to all come together. I
think this is going to be the best performance of my career.
I’m prepared physically and mentally.
“We’re going to find out Saturday what advantages I have
over Lee. I haven’t watched much of him, but his record is
what it is. We’re going to find out what he’s made of on
“I’m predicting a win. Everyone else might be surprised, but
we won’t be.”