Donaire: ‘The knockout loss to Walters liberated me”

Milan Ordoñez on Mar 02, 2015 04:59 PM
Donaire: ‘The knockout loss to Walters liberated me”
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MANILA – Nonito Donaire Jr. developed a more unconventional reaction to his first career knockout defeat in October.

“The Filipino Flash” (33-3, with 32 victories by knockout) last faced a bigger and stronger opponent in Nicholas Walters, where he was initially dropped by a right uppercut to the chin in the third, before being finished in the sixth. He also lost his WBA featherweight title, and was forced to move back down to super bantamweight at 122-pounds.

Commonly, knockout losses greatly affect fighters psychologically, as many tend to become more overly cautious in their next bouts. But according to Donaire, it was more helpful to his development as prizefighter.

“Usually, fighters have that knockout loss at the back of their minds, but not me,” Donaire said during the Pinoy Pride 30 pre-fight press conference. “Actually, it liberated me, because now, my fears are gone. So for me, it is more about what I can do, what my strategy will be, and the learning experience I can pick up from the fight.”

Already a five-division world champion, Donaire’s experience and skills brought him to the elite level of boxing. He held an undefeated streak that began in 2001, before losing to Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013.

Yet, despite his accolades, the 32-year old boxer believes he is still on the learning path. In fact, he already promises to show a better version of “The Filipino Flash” on May 28th at the Araneta Coliseum, as he faces Brazil’s William Prado (22-4-1, with 15 victories by knockout) for the WBC NABF super bantamweight title.

“With the last fight (against Walters), I learned that patience is a virtue for my style," Donaire admitted. “I learned to listen to my dad, I learned to listen to my corner. “

“I do believe that in this upcoming fight, you will see a much more faster, more intelligent and most of all patient Nonito Donaire.”


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