FORMER world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. said that he is comfortable fighting at 126 pounds against Vic Darchinyan on November 9, at the American Bank Center in Texas, USA.
Seven months after losing his World Boxing Organization super bantamweight belt to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux via unanimous decision, Donaire is preparing for his match against Darchinyan with head trainer Robert Garcia and his father Nonito Sr..
“Training has been going great and it feels good fighting at 126,” Donaire (31-2 win-loss draw with 20 knockouts) told boxingscene.com writer Ryan Burton. “I don’t have to worry about the week of the fight where I would have to cut down almost 10 pounds.”
Donaire knocked out Darchinyan (39-5-1 win-loss-draw card with 28 knockouts) in 2007. He had a 13-fight win streak after beating the Armenian. Darchinyan said he is itching for revenge against Donaire.
Donaire, 30, expressed confidence to beat Darchinyan anew, saying he would always exert the same effort regardless of whose fighter he is facing, “I’m always happy to be in the ring and it doesn’t matter who my opponent is. I just want to fight the best. Top Rank and HBO gave me this opportunity so I’m to get back in there.”