Donaire battles Walters in title unification bout today

 Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr.  AFP PHOTO

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. AFP PHOTO

REIGNING World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will clash against WBA regular featherweight titleholder Nicholas Walters of Jamaica in a unification bout today at the SturHub Center in Carson City, California.

Both fighters have met the 125.6 pounds weight requirement.

Nonito Donaire Sr., father and trainer of “The Filipino Flash” expressed confident that his son will win against the Jamaican pug.

“Nonito’s punches are getting stronger and he is faster now. I’m confident we can put a stain on Walters’ unbeaten record,” Donaire’s father told The Manila Times on Saturday in a phone interview. “We just have to be careful because Walters is heavy powerful puncher.”

Walters, 28, who holds a 24-0 win-loss record with 20 knockouts, said that he wants to put Donaire in the list of foes he conquered that includes the Filipino’s archrival Vic Darchinyan whom he beat via fifth round knockout on May in Macau.

“Please tell my fans that I will bring home the super title in Jamaica by beating Donaire,” Walters told Gleaner reporter Leroy Brown.

The 30-year-old Donaire Jr. (33-2 win-loss card with 21 knockouts) is expected to fight aggressively but smart and cautious.

“We have to fight smart technically. We have to hit accurately but I believe Nonito can hurt him,” said the older Donaire. “We have to rely also on speed and timing, which I believe is our advantage.”

Meanwhile, middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico lost the World Boxing Council middleweight belt after failing to meet the 159 lbs. weight limit. His rival, Gennady Golovkin met the said required weight.


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