• Donaire eyes featherweight dominance

    Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

    Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

    NEWLY CROWNED World Boxing Association (WBA) super feather weight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is looking forward to challenging the best boxers in the featherweight division and unify its titles in the next few years according to his father Nonito Sr.

    Donaire, fresh from snatching the WBA title via technical decision win from South African Simpiwe Vetyeka on Saturday in Macau said that he is open to any challenger although his promotion Top Rank has the final say on who his next opponent will be in November.

    “If he’s going to maintain and improve his form, I think there is a huge possibility for him to be the king of featherweight division,” Nonito’s father told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday. “So far, he keeps improving although I can’t say that he’s a complete package now.”

    The older Donaire said that his son is not a one-sided fighter anymore who just focuses on one knockout punch to win a fight.

    “It’s one good thing that I saw in his last fight against Vetyeka, he moved a lot and threw accurate punches, which he didn’t do before,” said Nonito Sr.

    “If he maintains that style, he’s going to dominate the entire featherweight class as what he is eyeing to be. You’ll get tired a lot if you punch harder and hit nothing.”

    Donaire, who holds 33-2 win-loss card with 21 knockouts, won the following world titles: World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight, WBA bantamweight, WBO super bantamweight, International Boxing Federation super bantamweight and super WBA bantamweight.

    He lost the WBA and WBO belts to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in April 2012.

    Donaire Jr. also wants a rematch with Vetyeka in November if his promoter will allow.

    Besides Vetyeka, the other possible next opponents for Donaire are WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, Rigondeaux for a rematch, Vasyl Lomachencko and IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich.

    “All those fighters are not unbeatable if he fights intelligently and skillfully, he [Donaire Jr.] could whip them all. He has all the attributes including speed, power and timing. He must know how to use those elements to win a fight,” concluded Donaire Sr.


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    1. nelson z. valles on

      I still believe in Donaire’s abilities. He is much smarter than most of them. He can adjust to his opponents style added to that is he has a powerful punch.

      Conditioning is always important mental and physical.

    2. He has no chance of ruling the featherweight division, he was very lucky to have won this title on a technical decision. Lets see if they give vetyeke a rematch, i bet they dont. They will take an easy choice for a defence. Mark my words. But if they do give a rematch i think donaire will lose that fight, & if they dont give the rematch it means team donaire also think he will lose the rematch. Lets see who is right.

      • Definitely Nonito Donaire will dominate and unify the featherweight division… This a start of a BIG STEP, that Donaire will take.
        Given a proper motivation, training and hunger to seek for more improvement.. I believe and I know that Nonito ” Filipino Flash ” will once again rule and unify all belts on all Boxing organization.
        To Team Donaire , Keep it up and again ,show the world the Filipino is a world class athlete and we are the TRUE CHAMPIONS!!!