NONITO “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. aims to become a world champion again when he fights reigning World Boxing Association featherweight titleholder South African Simpiwe Vetyeka tonight at the Cotai Arena of Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Macau, China.
“It’s been a long time since I entered a fight as an underdog but that has inspired me more,” Donaire (32-2 win-loss record with 21 knockouts) told USA Today reporter Bob Velin.
“I reevaluated everything. I moved my training camp to the Philippines to take advantage of the heat and humidity and to eliminate the distractions I had in Las Vegas. It was a great move.”
Donaire Jr. lost his unified super bantamweight titles against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in April 13, 2013 via unanimous decision. He began his campaign to become a world titleholder again by posting a knockout win over Australian Vic Darchinyan in their rematch in November.
Vetyeka (26-2 record with 16 knockouts) said he would shock the world during the fight, as he goes for a knockout in his first title defense. He also stated that he chose to fight Donaire to make a name for himself.
“Nonito is a puncher,” Vetyeka’s trainer Vuyani Bungu, a former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight champion in the 1990’s told philboxing.com, “Vetyeka is a boxer. He will outbox Donaire. But unlike Rigondeaux, he will not run.”
In other bouts, unbeaten Nicholas Walters (23-0 with19 KO’s) of Jamaica will fight Darchinyan (36-6-1 record with 28 knockouts) of Australia, while IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (18-0 with nine KOs) of Russia faces Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1 with nine KO’s) of Belgium.