Top Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum believes that Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. would regain his status as a world champion. Donaire is set to challenge World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg late this year.
Arum, 83, who was impressed Donaire’s second round technical knockout win over Frenchman Anthony Settoul last Saturday in Macau, predicted that the Filipino Flash would win over Quigg.
“It was an excellent performance by Donaire. He defeated the French boxer [Settoul] in a convincing way,” Arum told The Manila Times on Tuesday in a phone interview. “I believe Donaire will definitely become a world champion again if he sustains the same performance.”
But Arum likewise recognizes the prowess of the 26-year-old Quigg (31-0-2 win-loss-draw record with 23 knockouts) who knocked out his Spanish challenger Kiko Martinez also last Sunday in Manchester England.
“Both fighters are both known for their aggressive style which will make this fight interesting. They also wanted to fight,” added Arum. “We are still on the process of identifying the venue if it’s going to be in Dubai or in England.”
Donaire (35-3 record with 23 knockouts), according to Arum, is definitely performed better in his bout against Settoul compared to his previous fight in the Philippines. He scored a via second round technical knockout win against William Prado of Brazil in Manila, his first victory since he lost his WBA featherweight title to Nicholas Walters in October 2014.