FORMER world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. and Armenian Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan will clash anew on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the American Bank in Corpus Christi Texas, USA.
Seven months after losing his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, Donaire returns to the ring to fight Darchinyan (39-5-1 slate with 28 knockouts) in a 12-round featherweight bout.
Donaire (31-2 win-loss card with 20 KOs) scored a fifth round technical knockout win against Darchinyan in their first meeting in 2007. After that bout, Donaire established a 13-fight winning streak.
“I feel good working out and sparring at this weight class because I’m actually training to win the fight not to lose the weight,” Donaire, 31, told boxingscene.com writer Thomas Gerbasi.
“My speed is coming back without sacrificing the speed. We are working on a lot of game plans and not to cut down the weight,” added Donaire, who posted 125.25 lbs. while Darchinyan registered 125.75 lbs. during the Friday’s weigh-in.
Darchinyan, 37, for his part, said he is not yet ready to hang his gloves and assured everyone that he’s ready to avenge his loss six years ago to Donaire.
“I can run fifteen miles and I can go at top speed without tiring and then recovering,” Darchinyan told the website boxing voice. “My preparation has been very good thanks to my coach, who has great training sessions for me and I am very prepared.”
But Donaire Jr., who learned a lot from his previous loss, remains confident that he will repeat a win over Darchinyan.
The Donaire-Darchinyan” fight will be aired by ABS-CBN Channel 2 today at 11 a.m.