FORMER world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is now starting to regain his old deadly form with only a month left before his comeback fight against Brazilian William Prado on March 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Donaire’s father and trainer Nonito Sr. said that the former super World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion is now starting to get his groove back after his sixth-round technical knockout loss to Nate Walters in October.
“Nonito is becoming more excited as the fight approaches. He sparred so well and wise here in Oakland California, USA. His speed and power are getting better each day,” Nonito Sr. told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
“He is very excited to get another world title shot and that’s what he’s trying to do this year.” Nonito Jr. (33-3 win-loss record with 21 knockouts) and Prado (22-4-1 record with 15 knockouts) will be fighting for the vacant North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight belt.
“If he wins that belt, that will be good for him because it will boost his bid to get a world title shot at World Boxing Council super bantamweight belt, which is currently held by unbeaten Mexican Leo Sta. Cruz,” added the older Donaire.
Sta. Cruz is unbeaten in 29 fights with a draw and 17 knockouts.
Team Donaire is set to fly to Manila next week to resume their training. After a week in Manila, they will fly to Cebu to continue their training at the ALA gym.