Donaire duels French rival in Macau comeback

The Philippine Star

Posted at Jul 05 2015 08:44 AM | Updated as of Jul 05 2015 04:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former five-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr., bidding to re-establish his reign in the bantamweight division, battles former French and European Union title holder Anthony Settoul in a 10-rounder July 18 at the Venetian in Macau.

Donaire, 32, is fresh from a second-round stoppage of William Prado of Brazil last March 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and is looking for a win in the 10-round non-title bout in his bid to reclaim the (super) bantamweight crown which he held from 2010 to 2013.

Donaire who was the flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight champion from 2007 to 2012 before his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba on April 13, 2013, has a record of 34-3-0, with 22 knockouts. He is currently ranked No. 3 by the World Boxing Organization.

Settoul has a record of 20-3, with eight KOs, six of them in his last nine bouts.

Donaire’s boxing career had been on an up-and-down since he lost for the first time since 2007 to Rigondeaux, a former Cuban Olympic champion, in their super bantamweight title bout on April 13, 2013 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The win would have put him on a pedestal as high as that of boxing compatriot Manny Pacquiao as he was, before the bout, adjudged one of he top five pound-for-pound boxers of the year.

He decided to go up in weight division, to the featherweight, where he had successes with Vic Darchinyan, (TKO, 9) and Simpiwe Vetyeka (TD, 5), before losing to Nicholas Walters (TKO, 6) on Oct. 14, 2014. He moved down again to super bantamweight to fight William Prado, winning by TKO in the second round of their bout at the Araneta Coliseum on March 28 this year.

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