Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will fight Frenchman Anthony Settoul today in a super bantamweight non-title bout at the Cotai Arena of Venetian Hotel in Macau.
Donaire’s father said that he is confident that his 32-year-old son would win against the French boxer. The Filipino Flash aims to use the same deadly form he utilized in his comeback fight four months ago when he beat Brazilian William Prado via technical knockout.
“There’s nothing to worry I believe Nonito can handle this fight,” the older Donaire, who also serves as his son’s trainer, told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “He trained and prepared well in this fight because he is very determined that he could still fight for a world title.”
If Donaire Jr. (34-3 win-loss record with 22 knockouts) wins, he could challenge World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2 record with 22 knockouts) of Britain late this year.
Settoul, 28, a former European Union bantamweight champion, is known for his hit-and-run boxing tactics. He currently holds 20 wins against three losses with eight knockout wins.
“Settoul is not what other thinks as an easy opponent,” Top Rank Promotion head Bob Arum told the Times in a phone interview. “We like to see Nonito if he is ready for a world title fight that’s why we chose the available best fighter for him.”
In the main event, unbeaten No. 1 junior welterweight contender Cesar Cuenca (46-0 record with two knockouts) of Argentina will fight undefeated Chinese knockout artist “IK” Yang Lian Hui (18-0 with 13 knockouts) for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior welterweight world title.