Former world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. said he is very comfortable fighting at 126 pounds for his rematch against Vic Darchinyan on November 9 at the American Bank Center in Texas, USA.
Seven months after suffering a unanimous defeat to Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux that cost stripped his World Boxing Organization super bantamweight belt, Donaire is training with head trainer Robert Garcia and father Nonito Sr. to bring him back to his old deadly form.
“Training has been going great and it feels good fighting at 126,” Donaire (31-2 win-loss draw with 20 knockouts) told boxingscene.com writer Ryan Burton. “I don’t have to worry about the week of the fight where I would have to cut down almost 10 pounds.”
Donaire scored a knockout against Darchinyan (39-5-1 win-loss-draw card with 28 knockouts) in 2007. He is on a 13-fight win streak since he knocked out Darchinyan.
Darchinyan is itching for revenge against Donaire.
But the 30-year-old Filipino remains confident of repeating against Darchinyan, saying he will be in fighting trim come fight night.
“I’m always happy to be in the ring and it doesn’t matter who my opponent is,” he told philboxing.com site. “I just want to fight the best. Top Rank and HBO gave me this opportunity so I’m to get back in there.”
JOSEF T. RAMOS