Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. File Photo.
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is back in Manila, where he will set up his training camp ahead of his May 31 bout against South African title-holder Simpiwe Vetyeka.
Donaire arrived in Manila Monday morning together with his wife, Rachel, and their eight-month old son, Jarel.
The family appeared on Umagang Kay Ganda and ANC’s “Headstart” this morning.
Donaire will then set up camp at the Elorde Gym in Sucat, where he will prepare to challenge Vetyeka for the WBA and the IBO super featherweight titles next month in Macau.
“It’s near the Philippines, so a lot of the fans will get the opportunity to see the fight. I’m very excited, and I’m really excited also to train,” said Donaire on "Headstart."
He is once again moving up in weight and seeking another belt in a fifth different weight division.
“The guys (I’ll) be fighting are bigger fighters, and they’re much more experienced in terms of being bigger in that division, so (I) have to be mentally, and most of all physically prepared for a bigger fight,” said Donaire.
Donaire said he is currently walking at 145 pounds but will have enough time to go down to 126 pounds.
He will be trained by his father, Nonito Sr., who reunited with him following the birth of his son last year.