Donaire plans to train longer for next fight


Posted at Jun 11 2014 08:44 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2014 04:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines – World featherweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire is planning to train for a longer period for his next boxing match after winning the belt off South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka late last month.

Donaire beat Vetyeka via a unanimous technical decision after their fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round as "The Filipino Flash" had sustained a cut above his left eye.

Speaking with Ronnie Nathanielsz, Donaire revealed that he and his trainer/father, Nonito Sr., have agreed that they need "extended time" to train for his next fight.

"(We) also need to get more and better sparring, so my body is ready for a longer fight," Donaire said. "(We) worked on a lot of technique, but we didn’t have enough sparring."

The boxer also admitted that he was only at around 60% for the Vetyeka fight. "We did have injuries going into the fight, that's why we were always icing throughout the fight," he said.

"This time, I trained almost two months," Donaire said, referring to the Vetyeka fight. "But when I get back, I'm actually going to train right away and give myself at least three months to train."

Donaire has several options available after his performance against Vetyeka, and among these options is a bout against unbeaten Jamaican Nicholas Walters.

Donaire is also considering moving up to the junior lightweight division if a good fight is available.