THE “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire, who once more reigns atop the World Boxing Organization’s Superbantamweight class after disposing off Mexican Cesar Juarez in their title fight, promises to go on to bigger fights for his fans and for his countrymen.
The Pinoy boxing star says that this is only a part of the journey and that the comeback is just getting started. He had nothing but praise for Juarez who he said fought really well.
“Juarez just keeps on coming and coming at you. He’s always in your face. And I really liked that,” the champ said during his visit to ABS-CBN thanksgiving breakfast hosted by chairman Gabby Lopez III, new president and CEO Carlo Katigbak and ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena.
The fight against Juarez was held in Puerto Rico and aired in ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Sports + Action.
Donaire became one of two active Filipino champions (the other being Donnie Nietes) after snatching the belt. His record now stands at 36-3 with 23 KOs after enduring a twisted ankle when he slipped accidentally inside the ring.
He said Juarez reminded him a bit of Vic Darchinyan, the Armenian slugger whom he knocked out to win his first title.
“Darchinyan really packs power. Juarez, on the other hand, is the tougher one. He never gets tired even if he takes a big hit. But both of them are great fighters,” he said.
Donaire did not rule out a rematch with Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux adding, “now that I have this (WBO Superbantamweight belt), we can definitely work something out. But I’m not ruling out other fights.”
“We’re really happy for Jun and continue to wish him the best in all his endeavors and future fights. ABS-CBN Sports will always support the Filipino Flash and air his fights for the Filipinos to see,” said ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena said of Donaire.
At the moment, Donaire is focused on being a father to his two sons Jarel and Jarel Logan, being a husband to former Taekwondo champ wife Rachel and enjoying his latest victory.
Fight fans can catch the fights of Nonito Donaire as well as their Pinoy Pride boxing cards on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Sports + Action. Follow ABS-CBN Sports on their website sports.abs-cbn.com for more information.