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 Last update:  10/19/2011       Read more by Mitch Abramson         
   
Donaire Targets His Next Fight: I Want Nishioka or Arce
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By Mitch Abramson

Theres been speculation that Nonito Donaire has had trouble making the 118-pound limit for his fight with Omar Narvaez on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Donaire didnt dispute this notion that its been a chore paring down his body to 118 pounds. When he started the weight-losing process nearly three months ago, he weighed 145 pounds, the result of an eight-month layoff from the ring thats made it harder to get down to 118 pounds.

I thought that I would have a lot of trouble making this weight because I started 2 months ago at 145, Donaire said during a public workout at the Kingsway Boxing Gym in Manhattan. But that was being away from the gym for about six months, so it was a struggle. It was a mental struggle where I didnt think I was going to make it. But Ive always been true to my word, where I would never ever fail to make weight. If I say that Ill make 112, then Ill make 112. When I say Ill make 115, Ill make 115. And when I say Ill make 118, Ill make 118.

Donaire was smiling when he was talking about making 118 pounds, probably because this is going to be his last fight at 118 pounds before he wages his assault on the super bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Hes already talking about moving up in weight where hes already calling out guys at 122 pounds.

There is that one guy, [WBC titlist Toshiaki] Nishioka, than I want to face, Donaire said. But of course, [WBO champion Jorge] Arce is a great name. Out of all of the division title holders, I would say those two are incredible fighters. I have great respect for them, and especially Arce- hes ready to go to war. Im ready to go to war. But we dont want to look past Narvaez.

Mitch Abramson covers boxing for the New York Daily News and BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Nonito Donaire , Toshiaki Nishioka , Jorge Arce , Donaire vs Arce , Donaire-Arce


 

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comment by theplayerpimp, on 10-20-2011
[QUOTE=crold1]Donaire-Arce is a slaughter, less competitive than Mayweather-Gatti. Donaire is too talented to waste time on that fight.[/QUOTE] this. who ever thinks this fight will be a brawl is retarded. This an old slow arce who will get picked apart. He should fight nishioka that will be ...

comment by IronDanHamza, on 10-20-2011
Nishioka and Arce would be solid fights as long as he fight them soon. Navarez is a good fight on the weekend. Moreno Agbeko Mares I would love to see him fight before he leaves Bantamweight but that's look unlikely. Donaire has a lot of options.

comment by -Johannes-, on 10-20-2011
I can bet my left nut that he wants Arce and it will be Arce. Nonito will be in better fights once he cant bully guys with size, just like he couldn't bully Concepcion when he came in overweight for their fight. However, for now he'll fight the smaller dudes.

comment by hanzoh74, on 10-20-2011
[QUOTE=S.J. II]What a joke. A man that walks around at 145 should not be fighting at 118.[/QUOTE] so ur saying he should be fighting Maidana, Khan ,Pac and Margarito??

comment by delpilar, on 10-19-2011
Donaire's target is pretty good.

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