• Donaire Jr. may face unbeaten Quigg for title

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    ONWARD TO VICTORY Nonito Donaire of the Philippines (right) punches France’s Anthony Settoul during their super bantamweight boxing bout at the Venetian’s Cotai Arena in Macau on Saturday night. AFP P

    ONWARD TO VICTORY
    Nonito Donaire of the Philippines (right) punches France’s Anthony Settoul during their super bantamweight boxing bout at the Venetian’s Cotai Arena in Macau on Saturday night. AFP P

    Five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. may face British fighter Scott Quigg later this year after his spectacular performance in Macau, China on Saturday night.

    Donaire, who improved to 35-3-0 win-loss-draw record with 23 knockouts, scored a second round technical knockout demolition of Anthony Settoul of France to score his second straight win this year.

    Quigg, on the other hand, also scored a second round stoppage over former titleholder Kiko Martinez of Spain in the Manchester Arena, Great Britain to retain the World Boxing Association (WBA) world super bantamweight (junior featherweight) belt.

    He holds an unbeaten 31-0-2 record with 23 KOs.

    “Nonito showed that he really belongs to the elite class of world champion. We are hoping he earned a world title opportunity this year,” the father of Nonito, who also serves as his trainer, told The Manila Times in a phone interview.

    The camp of Quigg, who is also in the super bantamweight class like Donaire, had already expressed desire to arrange a fight with the Filipino.

    “It’s all roads leading to Donaire. That’s a huge fight and a name that Quigg is crying out for,” Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher told boxingscene.com.

    Donaire Jr., 32, scored also a second round technical knockout win against William Prado of Brazil last March 28 in the Philippines for his first win after losing to Jamaican Nicholas Walters via technical knockout in the sixth round in California.

    Donaire lost his WBA Super World featherweight title to Walters during the fight.

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