MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Gerry Peñalosa estimated that Nonito Donaire was only at 80% condition when he fought Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa last Saturday but was still impressed by the performance of “The Filipino Flash.”
Peñalosa told Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing that it was a “fine performance” by Donaire, who won a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped after the fourth round due to a cut above the Filipino’s left eye.
“(Donaire) has inborn talent, his timing was perfect, and he showed great footwork,” said Peñalosa.
Peñalosa told Nathanielsz that he did not think Donaire trained long enough for Vetyeka, but “The Filipino Flash” was “still very good.”
“Imagine if he was in 100% condition,” he added.
Peñalosa is expecting Donaire to be even better in his upcoming fights, especially with not one, but two high-caliber coaches in his corner.
“With his father now training him, and with Robert Garcia also there, Nonito should be even better,” he said. “He is truly a genuinely talented fighter.”
Donaire won the World Boxing Association featherweight belt in the fight, which saw him knock down Vetyeka in the fourth round.