MANILA, Philippines - World super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire said he is ready to face dangerous Mexican brawler Jorge Arce on December 16 (Manila time), just a couple of months after his last fight.
Last October, Donaire defeated Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka via a ninth round technical knockout. It was already his third bout of the year after defeating Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathbula via separate decisions.
In an interview with PhilBoxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz, Donaire said he has fully recovered from the hand injury that was aggravated during the Nishioka bout.
“My hand is definitely good and I’m ready for this fight,” Donaire said.
Donaire told Nathanielsz that he did not meet any problems during his sparring bouts at the training camp.
“The Filipino Flash” also believed he will not have a hard time making the 122-pound weight limit.
“There’s no problem at all with the weight,” he said. “I am very ready to go.”
A win over Arce will put Donaire in prime position to win the 2012 Fighter of the Year award, but the Mexican brawler has been very confident that he can pull off the upset.
“Arce is a tough guy,” Donaire said. “But like every other fight, if there is an opening I could see, I will [get] that opportunity and then we’ll see how tough he is.”