MANILA, Philippines – Training camp has been going well for former world champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, who is now down to 135 pounds with still more than three weeks to go until fight night.
Donaire is fighting at the featherweight division (126 pounds), where he will be challenging South African world champion Simpiwe Vetyeka for the World Boxing Association title.
"It's been good," Donaire said of his training camp, which started at the ALA Gym in Cebu. "Maganda 'yung training namin, kasi andoon lahat ng facilities, lahat ng ka-sparring ko, nandoon."
Donaire said he clocked in some good rounds of sparring in Cebu City, as he was able to find a sparring partner who had a similar style to Vetyeka’s.
"Mas matangkad pa nga siya kay Vetyeka eh," Donaire said of his sparring partner. "Siguro mas difficult pa kay Vetyeka 'yung sparring ko eh. Maganda 'yung sparring namin, and we've been working really hard."
Although he enjoyed training in Cebu, Donaire is moving his training camp to Manila where he will be able to maintain a stricter diet.
"Okay sa akin 'yung timbang ko, pero hindi naman maayos ang kinakain ko," Donaire said, admitting that he feasted on Cebu's famous lechon during his time in the city.
"It's been really bad for me na lechon ang kinakain," he said. "Mas maganda dito (sa Manila), healthy food na 'yung kinakain mo, and ‘yung katawan mo gagalaw at its best"
Donaire said he will have a Thai and a Filipino sparring partner in Manila.
"Although hindi nila ka-style si Vetyeka, I know they'll be intense, because they're very hard-working," Donaire said. "Alam ko na papagurin nila ako."