‘Dodong’ Donaire says son ready to take on challengers

Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. who successfully defended his title against Zsolt Bedak last month is ready to face any challenger, according to the boxer’s father and trainer Nonito “Dodong” Donaire Sr.

“Nonito [Donaire Jr.] didn’t suffer any injury during the fight, only a slight bruise against Bedak. He can fight anybody in his weight class. Nonito could fight in just three months from now since he didn’t suffer any injury,” Donaire Sr. told The Manila Times in a phone interview.

Donaire Jr., 33, beat Bedak via an impressive sixth round technical knockout. “We are just waiting for the decision of his manager regarding what’s next for Nonito,” he added.
“Right now, he is spending his time with his family.”

The older Donaire said that his son, holding a 37-3 record with 24 knockouts is ready for a rematch against the unbeaten Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0 win-loss record with 10 knockouts) and the undefeated American Jessie Magdaleno (23-0 record with 17 knockouts).

“Rigo [Rigondeaux] would have a hard time fighting Nonito now because of his new style and counter-punching [skill]. The only problem with that fight is if people will watch it knowing Rigo’s style is more of defense and running. It is different from Nonito’s who loves to attack.”

Donaire lost to Rigondeaux via unanimous decision in 2013 and a rematch did not push through after the Filipino decided climb to the featherweight class. He won the World Boxing Association world featherweight title by beating Simpiwe Vetyeka via technical decision in May 2014.

Donaire decided to return to super bantamweight class after he was brutally knocked out by Nicholas Walters in the sixth round of their October 2014 fight in Carson, California.


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