Donaire To Host Open Workout At Gleason's in NYC Saturday

DonaireMontiel_Hogan19BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 12, 2011) World Bantamweight Champion and consensus Top 5 Pound For Pound Fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will host a Public Media Workout this Saturday afternoon, October 15 at 1pm at Brooklyn’s legendary Gleason’s Gym (83 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201).


Donaire will be joined by his Head Trainer Robert Garcia and will participate in a full training session for media and fans as he finalizes preparations for his Top Rank-promoted world title defense against Omar “EL Huracan” Narvaez on Saturday, October 22nd in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, The Mecca of Boxing, in New York City.


Fans in the Tri-State area are encouraged to attend this unique experience as Donaire trains for his first bout in New York City.  The open workout will also be streamed LIVE through the Go Fight Live website,


Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, the Donaire-Narvaez world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)


Remaining tickets to Donaire vs. Narvaez, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, including applicable service charges, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at, and all Ticketmaster outlets (additional fee for Ticketmaster orders.)


Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, Calif., is a consensus top-five pound for pound fighter.  He enters this fight riding a nine-year, 25-bout winning streak, which includes an IBF/IBO flyweight title knockout victory of defending champion Vic Darchinyan, and a fourth-round blasting of former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko last December. However, Donaire’s most impressive victory occurred in his last fight, on February 19, when he knocked out defending WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel in the second round, ending Montiel’s 25-bout winning streak while also claiming his third world title in as many weight divisions. Ten of Donaire’s last 11 victories have come by way of knockout.


Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KOs), of Cordoba, Argentina, a two-time Olympian; will be making his U.S. debut.  The undefeated southpaw captured his first world title – the WBO flyweight championship – in his 12th professional fight, knocking down interim champion Adonis Rivas in the seventh round en route to a dominant unanimous decision in 2002.  Narvaez successfully defended his title 16 times during his seven-year reign before vacating it in early 2010 to campaign at a heavier weight class.  He won the vacant WBO junior bantamweight title in May 2010, pitching a near shutout to win a unanimous decision over Everth Briceno.  Narvaez, one of South America’s most popular fighters, has successfully defended his new title three times, all by unanimous decision, against opponents who had a combined record of 54-2 when he fought them.


Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. ET with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. ET.