Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Donaire Wants Walters Shot, Not Teammate Gradovich

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

2012 “Fighter of the Year” Nonito “The Filipino Flash” wants a title shot at WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters and not IBF champion and stablemate Evgeny Gradovich (18-0, 9 KO’s). Donaire wants the fight either in late April or sometime in May.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he had spoken to Donaire’s manager Cameron Duncan who informed him that Donaire would be ready by late April but indicated he didn’t know whether it was so and added “at worst it would be May” to give time for his fractured cheekbone to heal. He suffered the injury in his 9th round TKO of Vic Darchinyan.

Donaire told us that Gradovich who is coming off an impressive 9th round TKO over former champion Billy Dib to retain his IBF crown last November 24 - “are on the same team and are both trained by Robert Garcia. We are friends and have a sort of brotherhood feeling and I wouldn’t even call him out.”

He said this was the answer he gave the manager of Gradovich who spoke to him when he was watching a fight in Las Vegas. He recalled that Gradovich’s manager - "came up to me and said what do you think of a Gradovich fight?”

Donaire said - “I have respect for Gradoivich and all these guys on the same team” which includes WBO junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia and Brandon Rios among others.

At the same time he said “Nicholas Walters isn’t a problem at all.”

Walters won the WBA title with a 7th round TKO over Daulis Prescott  on December 8, 2012 and retained the title with a 4th round TKO of Alberto Garza in his first title defense last November 9 to remain undefeated with a record of 23-0 with 19 knockouts.

While his fractured cheekbone is “healing well but it takes time because its not the muscle, it’s the bone."

Donaire told us he would be “ready in late April but it would be better in May.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by megas30 on 12-10-2013

The "Axe man" by slaughter...Donaire better not underestimate the "Axe man" or he'll get his head chopped off!

Comment by -Makunouchi- on 12-09-2013

You all think that getting a belt is must like taking a candy bar from a kid. It's not! Specially in the lower weights where a competition is so far deep. Walters is not an easy fight for anyone, he…

Comment by danktrees on 12-09-2013

[QUOTE=hougigo;14012981]What about Walters is easy?[/QUOTE] he didnt say easy fight, he said easier fight. there is a difference. he fights rigo again, he'll just lose again. against walters he has a chance to win hence a fight against walters is…

Comment by kiaba360 on 12-09-2013

[QUOTE=DannYankee09;14013076]If he gets back to form he is a great counter puncher but it is true he has never fought a true feather weight, and is used to having all the reach/height and size advantages with the exception of Mathebula…

Comment by DannYankee on 12-09-2013

[QUOTE=kiaba360;14013064]Nonito hasn't fought a true FW yet. Assuming Boxrec is correct, Walters has a 5 inch reach advantage, something Nonito isn't used to dealing with. Him getting picked apart would not surprise me.[/QUOTE] If he gets back to form he…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (22)
Top Headlines Mayweather: Not Looking to Make Gervonta Davis-Lomachenko Badou Jack-James DeGale: Post-Fight Report Card Kell Brook: My Team Wants Me To Go To 154 Pounds Tyrone Nurse: It'll Be Great To Be A Big Attraction Mayweather Believes Broner Can Become The Next PPV Star Qudratillo Abduqaxorov Will Viktor Plotnykov on February 10 Trainer: Lara or Charlo Have a Great Chance To Beat Golovkin Dennis Ceylan vs. Isaac Lowe Euro Title Clash on March 18 Lomachenko-Corrales is The Target For April 8 or 15, Says Arum "Fighting Words" - One Prospect Rises Fast, Another Falls Hard Canelo's Trainer Expects The "Best Version" of Chavez Jr. on May 6 Gervonta Davis: I Showed Pedraza What Sharks Do in Deep Waters Jack Doesn’t Dispute Judges Scoring First Round 10-8 for DeGale Gervonta Davis vs. Jose Pedraza - CompuBox Punch Stats Joshua vs. Klitschko - U.S. TV Deal By Month's End, Says Hearn Badou Jack vs. James DeGale - CompuBox Punch Stats Jack: Ref Threatened to Disqualify DeGale for Losing Mouthpiece Mayweather: Do I want to sign DeGale? Abso-f*****g-lutely Video: Hearn Reacts To Mayweather, Talks Jack vs. DeGale Video: Carl Froch Reacts To Jack-DeGale, Talks Canelo-Chavez Jack: All I Want Is for Them To Treat Me Fair; Look at His Face Juan Carlos Payano Returns With a Win, Aims For Active 2017 Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Looking To Sign James DeGale Jack, Mayweather Agree There's No Need for Rematch With DeGale Mayweather is Livid: We Don’t Pay Judges, Like Other Promoters Jason Sosa's Promoter Would Love Orlando Salido Showdown Photos: Gervonta Davis Batters, Stops Jose Pedraza For IBF Title DiBella: No Problem With Jack-DeGale Draw, Mayweather's Reaction Photos: James DeGale, Badou Jack Go To War - HUGE Gallery Broner: Pacquiao Needs Me More Now; Would Do Crazy PPV Numbers Photos: Immanuwel Aleem Blasts Out Ievgen Khytrov in Stunner Frank Warren Has Very High Hopes With Daniel Dubois Video: Mayweather, Adrien Broner Hold Court With The Media Video: Mayweather Fires Shots at Oscar De La Hoya Over Canelo Cacace: I'll Beat Ward-Hughes Winner, Everyone Will Know Me Gervonta Davis: For This I Studied 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, Not 'Money' Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is Furious Over DeGale-Jack Draw Adrien Broner: It's Time For Me To Grow Up James DeGale: Badou Jack Busted My Ear Drum, I Lost My Teeth! Carlos Ocampo, Diaz Win Decisions at Gimnasio Municipal Gustavo
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement