Stakes high for San Mateo fighter Donaire

Stakes high for San Mateo fighter Donaire

Feb. 19, 2011

Ryan MaquianaCSNBayArea.comAs seen on Chronicle Live last week, San Mateos Nonito Donaire faces the fight of his life this Saturday in Las Vegas against WBCWBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel on HBO. Donaire (25-0, 17 KOs) is currently ranked Ring Magazines No. 5 pound-for-pound fighter in the world regardless of weight class. Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) sits only two notches down at No. 7. (By comparison, Pacquiao and Mayweather occupy the top two spots.) Needless to say, this is a battle of epic proportions that will undoubtedly shake up the boxing world, so Ive enlisted the help of a few local fighters (and a notable trainer) to get their take on how things will play out at the Mandalay Bay Events Center this weekend.Andre Ward, WBA super middleweight champion, Oakland: Its hard to say. Hes coming up in weight and Montiel has a lot of experience. Montiel is an excellent pressure fighter, but Nonito is a dynamite fighter. Nonito is deceptively strong and extremely fast. At the end of the day, his speed, unpredictability, and powers going to be the difference in the fight. I pick Nonito.Virgil Hunter, trainer of Andre Ward, Oakland: The first two rounds will have a lot to say to determine how its going to go. As far as Montiel, no matter how hard you train, certain fighters can bring you out of your element. We havent seen what he has to do when he has to fight at a speed hes not accustomed to fighting. On the flip side, I know Nonitos going to see more aggression than hes seen before. In my gut, a TKO between rounds seven and ten for Donaire.Robert Guerrero, former 3-time world champ, Gilroy: Nonitos my boy! Hes going to smoke him! Seriously though, Nonitos been fighting at the smaller weights like 112 and 115 pounds for a long time, and hes hungry. Montiels a very tough fighter, but the speed will be too much. Plus, now that Nonitos able to move up to 118, hes going to feel much stronger than Montiel. I like Nonito to pull out the victory.Richard Hargraves, 2-time National Golden Gloves bronze medalist, S.F.: Im fighting on Friday at Fishermans Wharf, too, but Ill be watching Nonitos fight the next day. His speed is definitely the key. Look at Manny Pacquiao. Not only does he have the speed, he knows how to utilize it. Just watching Nonito spar, he does a lot of things other fighters cant do, which makes him elite. Hes going to bring it home to the Bay Area. It could be a late stoppage win for Nonito, but I see a decision.Karim Mayfield, undefeated welterweight prospect, S.F.: I think Montiel has an unorthodox style, which will make him always difficult to train for, but Nonitos working with a world-class strength coach in Remi Korchemny. Ive worked with Remi before, and hes the truth. Also, Nonitos been doing a little of everything when Ive seen him spar. I dont know if hes going to switch to southpaw at times, but hes the type of fighter where if one situation doesnt work, I see him adjusting. I see a unanimous decision for Nonito Donaire.

Staley's streak expected to end after 92 consecutive starts


Staley's streak expected to end after 92 consecutive starts

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expected outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has missed give games with a high-ankle sprain and still appears to be restricted while moving in pre-practice drills.

But 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his radio show on KNBR that he anticipates Lynch will be able to get back on the field Sunday against the New York Jets for just his fourth game of the season.

Kelly was asked about why the 49ers have not promoted outside linebacker Marcus Rush from the practice squad. Rush led the 49ers with six sacks in the exhibition season. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, beating former Nevada tackle Kyle Roberts for three sacks. Roberts is not on an NFL roster or practice squad.

“We haven’t had an opportunity at outside linebacker,” Kelly said. “We didn’t put Aaron on IR, and we anticipate getting Aaron back this week. So we really don’t have a spot at that position he plays.

“If we were to lose a player at outside linebacker, then we’d certainly think about activating him. But we ahven’t lost an outside linebacker, so we still have Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine and Aaron. We carry four outside linebackers on our team. Aaron’s been out for a little bit here with his ankle, but it wasn’t a season-ending injury, so we just really don’t have a spot for him.”

Lynch has one sack in three games this season. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He has not returned to action since sustaining an ankle sprain in the Oct. 23 game against Tampa Bay.