MANILA, Philippines – Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. plans to return to the ring in October, five months after pulling off a technical decision win against Simpiwe Vetyeka in Macau last May.
The new WBA featherweight champion said he is giving himself extra-recuperation time to allow the cut he sustained against Vetyeka to heal.
“My next fight was originally scheduled in September but I’ll need a little more time for my cut to heal,” Donaire said in a Philboxing report by Quinito Henson. (LINK ON PHILBOXING http://philboxing.com/news/story-96693.html)
The Filipino Flash sustained a nasty cut after being at the receiving end of a headbutt and an elbow from his South African foe in the first round of their title fight. Donaire decided to fight it out and managed to knock down Vetyeka in the fourth round and win the bout.
Donaire needed 11 stitches to close the cut.
Donaire said that although he still doesn’t know who his next opponent is, there are several options available in his weight class.
“I’m ready to fight anyone they put me up against. I could fight any of the other world featherweight champions like the WBC’s Jhonny Gonzalez but he’s promoted by Golden Boy or the WBA’s Nicholas Walters or the IBF’s Evgeny Gradovich. Or I could do a rematch against Vetyeka,” he said.
Donaire has decided to stay at 126 pounds, which is considered a talent-rich division.
“I feel good at 126. There are other world featherweight champions out there to fight. 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,” said the 31-year-old.