MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire and his trainers are keen on figuring out Simpiwe Vetyeka's awkward fighting style ahead of their WBA featherweight title bout on May 31.
The “Filipino Flash” described Vetyeka as an intelligent, cunning boxer with an above-average punching power.
“Itong si Vetyeka malakas at mautak, very slick,” said Donaire in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.
Nonito Sr., who is overseeing his son’s training in Manila, said the South African often confuses his opponents by backing out of an exchange before suddenly charging forward.
This tactic led to the defeat of Indonesian boxing superstar Chris John, who was sent to retirement by Vetyeka.
“Pagka-sinusugod, hihinto-aatras [at biglang] tatapon ng kanan,” said Nonito Sr. of the South African champion. ‘’Yun ang pinag-iingat ko sa kanya.”
To make sure that Donaire will be ready for his title challenge, they brought in American coach Nick Curson.
Curson is the same conditioning coach that whipped Donnie Nietes into his best shape.
“[We’re] definitely training his stamina and his cardio right where it needs to be in this fight,” said Curson. With regards to Donaire’s punching power, the coach said “It’s already there.”