Donaire eyes featherweight move after Nishioka clash
MANILA, Philippines – World super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire admitted he will consider immediately jumping to the featherweight division after his highly anticipated clash against Japanese foe Toshiaki Nishioka.
Donaire will defend his IBF and WBO belts against Nishioka on October 13 in California, with The RING and the WBC diamond belts also on the line.
Speaking with RingTV, Donaire said he wants to fight the best in his division, but if those fights do not materialize, he will move to featherweight.
“I want to try to clean up the division,” he said. “(Guillermo) Rigondeaux might be a possibility, as well as (Abner) Mares. They know I’m willing to fight anyone out there, but it’s up to the negotiation process to make it happen.”
“And if it doesn’t work I don’t want to just fight a nobody. I’d rather fight a guy at 126 (pounds) right away, rather than staying at a weight class where I’m fighting someone who’s just there,” he said.
Donaire said he is willing to take the risk of fighting the best fighters in the division.
“It doesn’t matter who it is. Who we feel is number one, we want to fight them,” he said. “The risk is high but that’s what makes me better – putting myself at risk.”
Against Nishioka, Donaire will be facing The RING Magazine’s No. 1 rated super bantamweight.
“Nishioka is one of the best out there, and I’m one of the known fighters out there,” Donaire said.
“We’re both intelligent fighters. It’s going to be a high-speed chess match,” he added.