Donaire-Walters featherweight unification bout looms


Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will likely fight WBA world regular featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters of Jamaica in a unification bout on October 18 at the StubHub Center in California, USA according to Nonito Donaire Sr.

“It could be a very tough fight for Nonito, but I’m confident he will be able to handle it. Donaire’s skills will make the difference in their fight,” Nonito Sr. told the The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday.

The older Donaire said that the training and conditioning of his son started a week ago in Oakland, California.

Nonito Sr. added that Walters (24-0 win-loss log with 20 knockouts) is considered a knockout machine and a powerful puncher who loves to bully his opponent around.

“Walters can knock anybody out with a single punch. But he is not that too durable like my son’s last foe Simpiwe Vetyeka. So we have to move around him, deliver strong counter punches and box faster than him,” Donaire Sr. said of Walters who holds a fight record of 24-0 win-loss with 20 knockouts.

Donaire Jr. dethroned Vetyeka via technical decision win on May 31 in Macau. Referee Luis Pabon stopped the bout in Round 5 after Donaire suffered a deep cut in his forehead because of an accidental headbutt.

Donaire Jr., 31, who holds 33-2 win-loss record with 21 knockouts, is the undisputed WBA featherweight champion or super champion, while Walters is listed as WBA world featherweight regular champion.

“It will be an exciting and good fight,” said Nonito’s father, noting that strength and proper conditioning would play an important role in his son’s preparation. “We have to be in good fighting shape and we need to strengthen Nonito’s stamina.”

Walters, 28, defeated Donaire’s former archrival Vic Darchinyan via an impressive fifth round technical knockout on May 31 also in Macau.

The Donaire-Walters fight is the co-main event of the middleweight showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio.




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