NONITO “Dodong” Donaire Sr. announced on Friday that his son Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. would return to junior featherweight or 122 pounds class.
The younger Donaire lost his World Boxing Association super world featherweight title to Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters via sixth round technical knockout in October in California.
“Nonito returns to his usual light training and he might fight possibly in March or May
against a still undetermined opponent probably a Mexican,” The older Donaire that also acts as his son’s trainer told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “He is okay now and 100 percent healthy. He is ready to fight again.”
Nonito Sr. said that his 32-year-old son with a 33-3 fight record with 21 knockouts could fight in March in Manila or in May in Macau according to Top Rank Promotion chief Bob Arum.
“According to his promoter [Arum], Nonito will be fighting for a regional title maybe in March or May,” said Donaire Sr. “We are just waiting for Top Rank regarding the name of his opponent. Nonito is very excited to return. He really wanted to get back.”
The older Donaire also shared his thoughts on his son’s previous fight with Walters (25-0 with 21 knockouts) although he made it clear that they would not seek a rematch.
“I believe we can beat Walters during that bout. In fact, he felt Nonito’s power in the early rounds but my son didn’t follow the game plan which was to outbox him,” added the older Donaire. “That was his problem. He engaged aggressively [in that fight].”
“He lost his pacing after he was hit by Walters’ left and right combinations. Those punches were too tough to handle and Nonito fought inside, which was totally wrong. I think he learned a lesson from there. He should outbox him instead.”