NONITO “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. expressed full readiness to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka on May 31 at the Cotai Arena of Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
Donaire, a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) and WBA bantamweight champion, told the media that his physical condition is now right to fight in the featherweight class although he would exercise extreme caution against his South African foe.
“I’m very excited and feel confident that I can be a world boxing champion again just like Manny Pacquiao,” Donaire told reporters during the Featherweight Fury press conference on Tuesday at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong.
Pacquiao avenged his loss to Timothy Bradley two years ago when he scored a unanimous decision win against the American, seizing back his WBO welterweight belt on April 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I will do whatever it takes to duplicate that feat and I really believe I have the speed and the power to do it,” added the 31-year-old Donaire who was accompanied by his father Nonito Sr., now his trainer.
Vetyeka (26-2 win-loss record with 16 knockouts) will be making his first title defense since winning the belt from Indonesian Chris John via sixth round knockout a year ago. Vetyeka’s power and speed equals that of Donaire’s.
The former four-division world champion Donaire (32-2 record with 21 knockouts) will be coming off from an impressive ninth round knockout win of former rival Vic Darchinyan in their November 2013 rematch in Texas.
Darchinyan will fight against Nicholas Walters in one of the undercard bouts of the Donaire-Vetyeka main event.
The other match is between International Boxing Federation featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich and No. 1 contender Alexander Miskirtchian.