Donaire gears up for fight to keep title

by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News North America

Posted at Jul 20 2011 01:04 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2011 04:56 AM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. finally broke his silence and spoke about the World Boxing Council's (WBC) threat to strip him of his bantamweight championship belt.

According to WBC rules, title holders need to fight every four months in order to keep their titles. After six months of inactivity from a champion, the title is declared vacant.

Donaire last fought in February 19 against Mexican Fernando Montiel in Las Vegas. He is due for another match to keep his title intact.

"They should understand the type of situation I'm in. In any case, I can always fight and get my title again," said Donaire. "But for me, I want to defend my title."

Donaire and boxing promoter Top Rank are now back in good terms, according to various reports.

Nonito Donaire Jr with Top Rank boss Bob Arum.

Trouble began when Donaire declared himself a free agent, dropped Top Rank shortly after his championship victory and signed with rival Golden Boy Promotions.

A legal battle with Top Rank ensued, which made it hard for Donaire to schedule a match. The matter has now been settled via arbitration.

"I don't have regrets because (Top Rank) learned to respect me and they've learned to value Filipino fighters. Although we are Filipinos, we are not pushovers," said Donaire. "I stand for my rights. I don't want anyone taking advantage of me."

Donaire added that his next fight is scheduled for October.

When asked who he wants to fight, Donaire said, "Anyone. If they can find the best opponent for me in my weight class, I'll fight."