By Miguel Rivera
WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (36-3, 23KOs) is back in the mix with the top names at 122-pounds.
Donaire suffered a twelve round decision loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in a WBA/WBO unification bout in April 2013. After that defeat, Donaire made the decision to move up in weight to the featherweight limit of 126.
At 126 he picked up two victories before being overpowered and knocked out by Nicholas Walters last October in Carson, California. The tough loss made him reshuffle his future direction and he decided to move back to 122.
After picking up two quick wins at 122, he fought Cesar Juarez in a war to capture the vacant WBO title on December 11. The belt had been stripped from Rigondeaux for inactivity.
The Cuban two-time Olympic gold medal winner wants to get revenge by reclaiming the title that was formerly him. Donaire wants to reclaim his position as the best fighter at the weight.
"There are two essential things, the first is that I feel good, and the second is that I'm very healthy. The difference in this Nonito is the mentality. Today I feel inspired and committed to what I want and I have to do," said Donaire to ESPN Deportes.
"I'm back to 122 pounds, I've come to regain control, I want to regain the division and do what I need to do. If Rigondeaux is still here I would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to face him again and let him deal with this Nonito."