MANILA, Philippines – Unified super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire admitted he was “experimenting” with his game during his last three fights.
In Donaire’s last three bouts, he outpointed Argentina’s Omar Narvaez in October 2011, had a split decision victory against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in February and outpointed South Africa’s Jeffrey Mathebula last July 7.
“The Filipino Flash” said he used the three bouts – against Narvaez, Vazquez and Mathebula – to experiment and learn.
“I’ve kind of been experimenting with power and with counter-punching a lot, and just trying to do something different that I could bring to the table with much tougher guys,” Donaire said in an interview with The Boxing Voice.
“The last three fights, (my opponents) weren’t dangerous for me... it was a fight you can kind of experiment with,” he added.
Donaire admitted that his performances suffered because of the experimenting he did. He was unable to score a spectacular knockout, although he did knock down both Vazquez and Mathebula.
“My performance suffered because of the experimenting, but when I do fight someone who I feel is going to give me a hard time, all that knowledge will come in handy,” Donaire said.
“I took the chance to learn from it so now, I’m a more well rounded fighter. With a better fighter, I’ll be a lot smarter,” he said.
Donaire will not lack for opponents: he is being linked to fights with Mexican brawler Jorge Arce, unbeaten boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux and Abner Mares, among others.
“When I do fight someone on top like Mares or Rigondeaux, I’m definitely going to be the fighter you’ve always seen,” he said.