Donaire readies for French foe

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Nonito Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

Nonito Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

Nonito Donaire Sr., the father and trainer of Nonito Donaire Jr. said that his son is preparing to counter the “running” strategy of Anthony Settoul of France. The “Filipino Flash” is set to fight the French boxer on July 18 at the Cotai Arena of Venetian Hotel in Macau.

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The older Donaire said that the speed and power of his son are peaking for his fight against the 28-year-old French bantamweight champion.

In his last fight in October 2014, Settoul, who has 20 wins against three losses with eight knockouts, scored a first round technical knockout win against Ignac Kassai.

“Nonito’s condition is far better than his last fight last March. Settoul is known for his running that’s why we’re going to chase him,” Donaire Sr. told The Manila Times on Thursday in a phone interview before he flew to Manila.

“Knockout win by Nonito? That also depends on the style of Settoul but as what I’ve said, he is known for his running,” he added. “We just need to be accurate on our punches.”

“A great timing is also needed in the fight to score a knockout, but we are not counting out the possibility. We are scheduled to fly to Macau this Saturday.”

The younger Donaire, who holds a 34-3 win-loss record with 22 knockouts, won the vacant North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight belt after beating Brazilian William Prado via second round TKO on March 28 at the Araneta Coliseum. The 32-year-old five-time world-boxing champion is also eyeing another world title shot this year.

Donaire Jr. was the former World Boxing Association super world featherweight champion and World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion. He lost his WBA super featherweight belt to Nicholas Walters via sixth round TKO in October 2014.

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