NONITO “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. would not rush for a knockout when he face reigning World Boxing Association featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2 win-loss record with 16 knockouts) of South Africa on May 31, at the Cotai Arena of Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
“As long as we’re hitting our target with accurate punches, there’s no reason to rush for a knockout,” Donaire’s father Nonito Sr., who also serves as his trainer told The Manila Times on Thursday in a phone interview. “We watched the video of our opponent and he likes to attack, so we need to improve Nonito’s counter-punching.”
“When it comes [the knockout], it will be good and we believe it will come.”
Donaire Jr. (32-2 win-loss slate with 21 knockouts) was known as a knockout puncher during his days as World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Council bantam and super bantamweight champions.
Donaire lost his unified titles to Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13, 2013.
Donaire started his campaign to become a world champion again by posting a ninth round technical knockout win against Vic Darchinyan in their rematch on November 9, 2013.
“Knockout is not the only way to win in boxing,” said Nonito Sr. “Nonito is also moving well. His footwork looks very great.”