Nonito Donaire Jr. is making moves in and out of the boxing ring
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 13, 2018 10:37 AM
Nonito Donaire Jr. recently opened a restaurant in San Diego, and is now getting ready to compete in the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament.
Four-division boxing world champion Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire has been quite a busy man lately.
While he's taken some time off from the ring after his April defeat to Carl Frampton, he's been making moves outside the ring.
Nonito and his wife Rachel recently ventured into the food business, opening up a restaurant in San Diego.
Partnering with Chef Dominic Tedesco, the Donaires opened Dominic's Table in La Jolla Village.
“We ventured into something that’s fulfilling in terms of love, in terms of connections in terms of how people are and just the comfort and how my kids they love it. Just the overall things have been tremendous.” Donaire told ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.
While Donaire's restaurant has been a success so far, it doesn't mean that he's on his way to hanging up his gloves.
In fact, the 35-year old will be dropping back down to bantamweight and will be joining the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight tournament.
While 'The Filipino Flash' is a former world champion in the 118-pound division, he hasn't fought there since 2011.
For Donaire, it's another chance to show the world that he's still an elite-level fighter in any weight division.
Donaire's most recent run as a world champion was back in 2015-2016, capturing and defending the WBO Super Bantamweight world title once.
"Entering the tournament gives me an opportunity to showcase my capabilities against the best in this division. This division is stacked with talent and that's really exciting." Donaire told ESPN's Dan Rafael. "I believe my size, experience and most of all my power will give me the edge over my opponents."
Donaire will be joining a talented pool of 118-pounders, including reigning WBO Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa, IBF Bantamweight World Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, WBA (Regular) Bantamweight World Champion Naoya Inoue of Japan, and WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Champion Ryan Burnett of the United Kingdom.
The World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament is expected to begin on September of 2018.