Donaire aiming for world title fight in 2016

Milan Ordoņez on Mar 02, 2015 05:05 PM
Donaire aiming for world title fight in 2016
Photo credit: Nonito Donaire Official Facebook fan page

MANILA - For Nonito Donaire, fighting for a world title is still a top priority.

After his disappointing defeat against Nicholas Walters in October, a number of fans criticized "The Filipino Flash" (33-3, with 32 victories by knockout) for being the same fighter that he was during his 12-year undefeated reign from 2001-2013. Many have called for his retirement, while others dismissed him saying he is no longer cut out to be at the sport's elite level.

But this is not the case for Nonito himself, who revealed that he is still targeting another run at the title in the very near future.

"Maybe early next year," Donaire said during the Pinoy Pride 30 press conference when asked about when he intends to have his next title fight.

Donaire adds that his newly acquired confidence has given him the hunger to challenge world champions, but also reiterated the importance of his upcoming March 28th bout against former  WBO Latino Bantamweight champion William Prado.

"Our plan is to just keep fighting, and hopefully we will be able to reach the championship levels, Rigondeaux, Santa Cruz, and all the other champions," he said. "Because we’re very confident now of the way that we’re training, that we are able to take guys like that, but we don’t to look far ahead.”

“We just have to show it in this fight that we are back.”


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