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West Belfast pupils get a surprise as world champion boxer Nonito Donaire calls in to class

A pupil at CBS Glen Road in west Belfast tests out his boxing moves on multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire. Picture by CBS Glen Road
John Monaghan

PUPILS at a west Belfast school got a surprise on Friday as a four-weight champion boxer dropped in to share his stories and advice.

Nonito Donaire visited CBS Glen Road, where he met students and staff.

The champion boxer gave pupils a talk, allowed some to test out their boxing moves on him and also treated them to a song.

He also passed on his tips to the next generation of boxing hopefuls at north Belfast boxing club Midland ABC, where Carl Frampton first learnt his trade.

Frampton wrote: "Thank you to the living legend that is @filipinoflash for taking time out of his day and coming to my amateur club to visit the kids #MidlandABC."

In a post on social media, CBS Glen Road said it was "absolutely delighted" to welcome the world champion.

"An absolute gentleman in every respect. Delivered an inspirational talk to our pupils. What a great way to start the weekend!"

During a series of meetings across the city during a two-day stay, Donaire also hosted a 'boxexercise' class at Peak Physique gym on the Lisburn Road and met fans at the Crown Bar.

The Filipino boxer was in Belfast to offer support and encouragement to Ryan Burnett, who made his comeback bout against Jelbirt Gomera at the Ulster Hall.

A freak back injury cost the Belfast fighter the WBA bantamweight title against Donaire last November.

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