DEFENDING World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire Jr. is now in 100 percent fighting form for his fight against WBA regular featherweight champion Jamaican Nicholas “The Axe” Walters according to Nonito Donaire Sr., father and trainer of “The Filipino Flash.”
Donaire and Walters will meet in a unification match on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the StarHub Center in Carson City, California, USA.
“As of now, Nonito is 100 percent ready to fight,” Donaire’s father told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Tuesday. “He sparred Guy Robb 12 rounds in the past few days and we have an effective strategy how to hit Walters.”
The 31-year old Donaire (33-2 win-loss record with 21 knockouts) seized the WBA super featherweight title from South African Simpiwe Vetyeka via fifth round technical decision triumph on May 31 in Macau. In the same fight night, Walters (24-0 log with 20 knockouts) also demolished Donaire’s archrival Vic Darchinyan via fifth round technical knockout. This is Donaire’s first title defense of the WBA featherweight belt.
The older Donaire said that the 28-year-old Jamaican’s reputation as a heavy puncher does not bother him.
“Walters never fought a guy that can hit really hard,” said Donaire Sr. “I watched a couple fight of him and I think Nonito is much faster and stronger than him.”
He added that Walters would be in for a lot of surprises.
“Absolutely yes. Nonito will be more competitive and dangerous when the fight night comes.”
The other co-main event of the night is the fight between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Marco Antonio Rubio.