MANILA, Philippines – George Foreman Jr. paid Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. a great compliment on Tuesday, saying that "The Filipino Flash" reminded him of his father, the legendary heavyweight champion.
Foreman was in town to host the Top Rank press conference where it was formally announced that Donaire will challenge South African Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA featherweight championship.
Asked why he was so impressed with "The Filipino Flash," Foreman said: "Honestly, Nonito reminds me of my father."
"Big George" Foreman, a boxing Hall-of-Famer, is known as the oldest heavyweight champion in the history of the sport, and the second oldest champion in any weight class, next only to the still-active Bernard Hopkins.
His son said that like his father, Donaire has the capability to end a fight at any moment thanks to his considerable knockout power.
"When he (Donaire) gets someone against the ropes and lands of punch, nine times out of ten, they’re gonna go down, or they're gonna feel it," Foreman said.
"I've always felt that comfort with my father, even in his toughest fights, that he always had something to put you to rest. This gentleman has the same thing," he added.
Foreman was quick to add that Donaire's arsenal included a lot more than his knockout power: "I know he's adding to his repertoire," he said.
"But that's one thing that you can depend on, all the time," he pointed out.
Donaire made good use of his punching power in his November 2013 bout against rival Vic Darchinyan. Trailing on two of the judges’ scorecards entering the ninth round, Donaire landed a huge left hook that dropped the Armenian, and followed it up by a swarm of punches that forced the referee to stop the bout.