Donaire to stay at 126, challenge other champs


Posted at Jun 19 2014 10:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2014 06:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire plans to stay at the featherweight division (126-pounds) for the time being and challenge the other title-holders at the weight class.

Donaire became the new WBA featherweight titlist when he defeated South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka via a unanimous technical decision in May, in a bout that was stopped after the fourth round due to a huge cut above Donaire’s left eye.

In an interview with Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star, Donaire was asked if he has any plans to move to the 130-pound weight class.

"I'll stay around in the featherweight division for a while," Donaire answered. "I feel good at 126"

"There are other world featherweight champions out there to fight," he added. "I'm not in a hurry. My power is intact and I'm moving well."

"I'll know when the time comes to move up."

Among the other champions that Donaire is thinking of fighting are Nicholas Walters and Evgeny Gradovich. He can also opt to fight Vetyeka in a rematch.

"I don't really know who my next opponent is," Donaire admitted. "It's Top Rank that decides, and Bob (Arum) has the final say. I'm ready to fight anyone they put me up against."

Donaire said he was originally supposed to make his ring return in September, but will likely postpone it to October as he needs more time to heal the deep cut he suffered against Vetyeka.