MANILA, Philippines – Super bantamweight king Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. said he prefers an opponent who is willing to engage him in a toe-to-toe battle.
Donaire, recently crowned as the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) 122-pound champion, said there’s more excitement in boxing when there are knockouts involved.
“That’s what I like, exactly. I like fighters who fight like [Fernando] Montiel. If they are strong enough, if they catch me its okay and if they are not careful it’s going to be a ‘goodnight fight,’” Donaire told Boxing Scene’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.
“[A knockout] could also happen to me because I am also vulnerable to punches but I just want to make it exciting for everyone out there. I think it’s a good fight,” added Donaire.
The Filipino Flash has been frustrated with his recent fights, where most of his opponents back-pedaled after getting a taste of his potent left hook.
Over the weekend, South African boxer Jeffrey Mathebula practically ran away from Donaire after being knocked down in the fourth round.
Donaire eventually won via a unanimous decision by virtue of the fourth-round knockdown.
The Filipino Flash is next expected to fight future hall-of-famer Jorge Arce, a battle-scarred Mexican brawler.
Donaire said he’ll have an opportunity to showcase his power punches against Arce’s fighting style.
“My speed and power will definitely be there and prove to be a big factor in the fight.”