Donaire planning to move back down to 122-pounds
Milan Ordoņez on Jan 07, 2015 06:35 PM
Photo credit: Nonito Donaire Official Facebook fan page
MANILA – 2015 may see more of Nonito Donaire back down at junior featherweight.
“The Filipino Flash” (33-3, with 21 victories by knockout) did achieve a good amount of success at featherweight in late 2013 and early 2014, defeating both Vic Darchinyan and Simpiwe Vetyeka, leading to his fourth division title.
He did, however, come across a major obstacle after being knocked out for the first time in his career by Jamaican knock out artist Nicholas Walters in October. This devastating loss led the 32-year old native of Talibon, Bohol to rethink his career.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN.com, Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin confirmed that the Filipino boxer would indeed be back at junior featherweight, for a bout tentatively scheduled for May in Asia’s boxing mecca, Macau, China.
“That’s what we are trying to do and he’s going to fight at 122,” said Dunkin. “We’ve talked about it but don’t know who we are going to fight yet. But Nonito wants to fight and we’ll get him fighting again.”
Dunkin also confirmed that it was Donaire’s decision to step away from the featherweight division, a weight class that he struggled at.
“He knows he can’t fight at that weight [126 pounds],” Dunkin continued. “He can beat a lot of featherweights, don’t get me wrong. But he’s used to beating everyone and being the best. He’s going back to 122 where he can do that.”
Size became the overwhelming factor in Donaire’s fight against Walters. Along with it came “The Axe Man’s” punching power that was simply too much for “The Filipino Flash” to handle. While he may have suffered the biggest setback of his career, Dunkin says Donaire is not looking to hang up his gloves just yet.
“After [the Walters fight] was over, he said, ‘You’re right, I can’t fight these guys at 126,” Dunkin explained. “’They’re just too big.’ So he’ll go back down to 122 and become a champion again. He’s not done and he has a lot of pride.”
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