'Donaire needs to go back to basics'


Posted at Feb 07 2012 10:16 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2012 09:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. may have won against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., but he could have done better, according to ESPN.com’s Kieran Mulvaney.

Mulvaney said Donaire’s 12-round decision victory over Vazquez was somewhat “unsatisfying.”

“Part of the problem is that ‘The Filipino Flash’ showed signs on Saturday of regressing into a home-run hitter, looking to please the crowd with spectacular bombs thrown from all angles,” Mulvaney said in his blog.

He said Donaire should have used his jab more often to wear down the defense-conscious Vazquez.

Mulvaney said Donaire would need to go back to basics to keep boxing fans’ attention.

“A trip back to basics would serve Donaire well if he is to reclaim and consolidate his place alongside Andre Ward as the best under-30 boxer in the world,” he said.

Donaire won his 4th world title against Vazquez, the WBO super bantamweight crown.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum is already planning to pit him against the likes of Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka.