Nonito Donaire finds rejuvenation in boxing career
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2015 03:25 PM
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Nonito Donaire has been fighting professionally since the year 2001.
Along the way, he has gradually climbed up the ranks and bagged world titles in five different weight divisions. Currently holding a record of 35-3, with 23 victories by knockout, “The Filipino Flash” has managed to build a reputations as one of the best in boxing’s lighter weight classes.
He did suffer some setbacks in the last two years alone. In 2013, he suffered his first defeat after 12 years, when he was outclassed by Cuban boxing standout Guillermo Rigondeaux, dropping the WBO super-bantamweight title. Then in October 2014, he was dealt with the first knockout loss of his career when he was stopped by Jamaican Nicholas Walters in the sixth round of their fight.
Donaire did get himself back to contention by winning his two succeding fights. He will now be facing Mexico’s Cesar Juarez this Friday in Puerto Rico to further solidify his status in the 122-pound division.
With only a few days before fight night, Donaire is in high spirits during the final moments in camp. So much so that he believes he feels he has found rejuvenation in his lengthy and already illustrious career. In fact, the 33-year old fighter says he is showing more determination in training.
“Dati super tamad ako pag gising ko ayaw ko na,” Donaire said in a report by Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News. “Ngayon, wow, yes, excited.”
His father, Nonito Sr., concurred with his son’s claims.
“Super sipag siya ngayon kaya iyong lakas andoon, at lalo na iyong bilis,” the elder Donaire said.
Donaire is heading into this third fight for the year alone. And as he heads for what could be a fight that can hold major world title implications, he is simply looking forward to the opportunity on hand.
“Excited talaga ako,” he said. “I’m happy, grateful.”