MANILA, Philippines – “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. described his next opponent, WBA featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka, as an awkward yet difficult foe.
But the three-division former world champion is confident that he can connect his punches against the highly touted South African.
“Vetyeka’s difficult to fight,” he said in Joaquin Henson’s report to Philboxing. “He’s a little taller than me, a bit awkward. I’ve watched some of his fights on tape and I notice he likes to go lateral then, while moving side to side, throws a right or a left unexpectedly.”
“He has good footwork but he’s not hard to hit. I’ll find him,” added the Filipino Flash.
Donaire is scheduled to challenge Vetyeka on May 31 at The Venetian in Macau.
He assured that boxing coach Robert Garcia will be in his corner on fight night, even as they temporarily parted ways since he decided to train in the Philippines.
“Robert will be in Macau for [Evgeny] Gradovich any way. [Conditioning coach] Mike [Bazzel] will fly in from California straight to Macau and he’ll also be in my corner. I’ve also asked [strength coach] Nick [Curson] to join my corner,” said the Filipino-American.
Donaire hopes to beat Vetyeka for a title unification bout against WBO champion Orlando Salido. But if it doesn’t work out, he’ll immediately climb the next weight class.
“I’m hoping to unify the featherweight championship after I beat Vetyeka but if it’s not a unification fight, I’m moving up to super featherweight,” he said.