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 Last update:  2/4/2012       Read more by Keith Idec         
   
Donaire No Longer Sure That He'll Rise Up Fast, Likes 122
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By Keith Idec

Nonito Donaire doesnt appear quite as sure as he once did that hell continue moving up in weight.

The former 112-pound, 115-pound and 118-pound champion talked late last year about moving up to featherweight for bigger fights, perhaps even as high as lightweight at some point. As he approaches his 122-pound debut Saturday night, however, Donaire seems comfortable as a super bantamweight.

The Filipino Flash feels fresh because, for a welcomed change, he hasnt had to cut weight the week of a fight. He weighed just 123 pounds Wednesday, two full days before Fridays weigh-in for his WBO super bantamweight title fight against Puerto Ricos Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. at Alamodome in San Antonio (HBO; 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

I never had to lose any weight, so I feel great, Donaire said. Its a new thing for me. I dont know anything about this weight class yet, how my power will fare. But for now, were excited, were in tremendous shape and this is actually the first time Im not cutting weight, so I feel great.

Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs), of San Leandro, Calif., wont know how realistic itll be to eventually seriously consider moving up again until he learns how powerful he is at 122 pounds. Vazquez is the biggest opponent the 5-foot-6 Donaire will have fought after Saturday, but Vazquez (21-1-1, 18 KOs) was stopped in the 12th round of his lone loss to Mexican veteran Jorge Arce (59-6-2, 45 KOs) on May 7 in Las Vegas.

I dont know how my power is, said Donaire, who expects to fight Japans Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) in his next fight. I can win against [Vazquez], and if my power is no good then this probably is the limit. But if I can still push the power and knock guys out, we want to keep continuing our journey and challenge the best out there. If were confident enough, well take it to the next level at 126.

While he wont be certain until he hits Vazquez with his best shots, the 29-year-old Donaire is confident he can carry his vaunted power up to his new weight class.

I think Im still going to be as powerful, that I can still get one-punch knockouts, Donaire said. I still believe that. When Im hitting the bag and when Im hitting the mitts, the powers still there. I can really feel it. We feel great. I feel confident with my power.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

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comment by Cubanborn87, on 02-05-2012
good i guess this means that after he fight arce and the jap he has noone else to fight but rigondeaux right??????? lol

comment by 4Corners, on 02-04-2012
Fight Rigo man. You can make part of your legacy at 122 if you were to take him out, though I'd bet on Rigo of course.

comment by Barry Halls, on 02-04-2012
[QUOTE=bigcursedawg]Sounds like Gamboa vs Rios is being made for April. But I'm sure Gamboa would go back to 126 for the right money. I didn't sound like he wanted to fight at 135, it just sounded like he wants Rios. I would like to see Gamboa at 130.[/QUOTE] holy hell that sounds too good to ...

comment by BABYBOXER, on 02-04-2012
it takes time to develop muscles, i think it's just right for him to to stay at 122 division for a while. loosing a lot of weight during training is not good for conditioning before a fight, i guess he just realized that... expect a stronger and faster nonito tonight because of not much dehydrati...

comment by bigcursedawg, on 02-04-2012
[QUOTE=Harry Balls]is gamboa going up? :( didn't know that.[/QUOTE] Sounds like Gamboa vs Rios is being made for April. But I'm sure Gamboa would go back to 126 for the right money. I didn't sound like he wanted to fight at 135, it just sounded like he wants Rios. I would like to see Gamboa...

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