Donaire sees tough fight vs South African champ


Posted at Feb 16 2014 06:56 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2014 02:56 AM

Nonito Donaire of Philippines. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. expects a tough fight against South African champion Simpiwe Vetyeka, who recently won the WBA featherweight crown against former Indonesian star Chris John.

Donaire described Vetyeka as a "slick" boxer with punching power.

“Is a really good fighter. I think he’s the toughest of all the guys in that division. He’s slick, he’s got power, pretty good,” the “Filipino Flash” said in an interview with Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.

Last December, the South African stopped John in the seventh round to win the featherweight crown. John, the best boxer ever produced by Indonesia, was forced to retire after the bout.

Although they have yet to finalize the deal, Donaire said, he will start serious training at the gym of his father in Oakland, California next month.

“If the fight is held in Macau there is a slight possibility I will train in the Philippines,” said Donaire.