Nonito Donaire is Expecting a Tough Battle With Vetyeka

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has praised his opponent, WBA featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa, who the Filipino star is expected to face in a title fight in Macau sometime in May.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is scheduled to meet with top executives of the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Macau on Wednesday to finalize a possible May 10 date.

Donaire told Standard that Vetyeka “is a really good fighter. I think he’s the toughest of all the guys in that division. He’s slick he’s got power, pretty good.”

Donaire told us that he’s started light training but would begin “serious training” at the newly opened gym of his father and trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. in Oakland, California in March with “a lot of sparring.”

He said that “if the fight is held in Macau there is a slight possibility I will train in the Philippines.”

Donaire and wife Rachel were excited preparing for the baptism of their son Jarel this week in Las Vegas.

Vetyeka is coming off a stunning 7th round stoppage of long-reigning Indonesian world champion Chris John in Metro City, Western Australia last November after which John announced his retirement.

Vetyeka was supposed to face John in a rematch under their contract but after the defeat, John decided to retire paving the way for Vetyeka to defend his title against another challenger.

Donaire who is coming off a 9th round TKO win in a rematch with hard-hitting Aussie Vic Darchinyan in a featherweight fight he was losing on the scorecards of all three judges has been aching to move up in weight and win a fifth world title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JrRod on 02-17-2014

[QUOTE=jas;14243523]This Mudda****a is mentally shot. He just gonna look for one punch again . Rigo ruined donaire.[/QUOTE] Actually I would say fighting a smaller Montiel ruined him. It's the KO that brought him into the spotlight and he's been trying…

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 02-17-2014

He's not even mentally shot, he never was mentally on point to begin with. How he handles himself in the face of adversity and in losing shows that he has absolutely no character and is not realistic with himself. You…

Comment by Bermuda on 02-17-2014

vetyeka is a tough fighter...if donaire isn't 100% then he could lose this ..unless he gets lucky and lands a huge punch like he did against vic.

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 02-17-2014

Nonito probably never be the same again.

Comment by bigcursedawg on 02-17-2014

Donaire lacks the discipline to stay at the elite level. He talks about how big he is like he's a junior welterweight or something and then gets out boxed and hurt on several occasions against Vic who never even fought…

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