Vetyeka braces for title defense vs. Donaire


SOUTH African Simpiwe Vetyeka is bracing for a tough fight when he defends his title against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. on May 31 in Macau.

“It is going to be a tough fight,” Vetyeka, who dethroned long-reigning Indonesian champion Chris John via knockout in sixth last December, told Anson Wainwright of “But I am ready to defend my titles and be recognized as the best in the world.”

Vetyeka, the reigning World Boxing Association featherweight champion, is dedicating his upcoming title to the late South African icon Nelson Mandela.

“Mandela had a great influence to everyone, especially in South Africa,” added Vetyeka “Every sporting code would want that ‘Madiba Magic’ to succeed in the big battles ahead. I knew that I had that ‘Madiba Magic’ in my heart.”

Vetyeka, 33, who holds a 26-2 win-loss card with 16 knockouts, also believes he has the ability and skills to beat the Filipino challenger.

“I feel that I can overcome his strengths and capitalize on his weaknesses,” Vetyeka said. “I am not going to divulge these as they are my secret weapon going into the fight. But I can only say Donaire is known for his speed, power and explosiveness, these can be neutralized by any means.”

Donaire Jr., for his part, said he is 100 percent ready to face Vetyeka. The Filipino four-division world champion is looking for a fifth world title.


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