Donaire '75% ready' for Darchinyan fight
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In just two weeks, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will slug it out with Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan for the second time in their much-awaited rematch.
It is also Donaire’s first fight since April, and he is raring to make a comeback after losing to Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“Kung ano man ang performance ko sa laban na ito, I’m still a top contender regardless,” said Donaire. “If that’s what they want, then masaya na ako doon. Sa lahat ng fighters, that’s the goal, to fight for a championship so that will be a good opportunity.”
“The Filipino Flash” reunited with his father, Nonito Sr., prior to the fight, and the elder Donaire is now serving as a trainer for the former champion.
“Kailangan namin ng accuracy ng punches niya. Kailangan mahagip,” said Nonito Sr.
Donaire says he is 75% ready for the fight and that he does not need to lose weight since this fight will be his debut at 126 pounds.
“Ang focus namin is game-planning at strategy sa laban na ito. Kasi dati palaging nagre-reduce, ‘yun lang talaga ang nasa-isip,” he said.
Donaire adds that although Darchinyan, at 37 years old, is seven years his senior, the Armenian boxer is still a dangerous opponent.
He adds that he is ready for an “action-packed” night, however.
“Ako, naghahanap talag ako ng knockout sa lahat sa bawat laban ko,” Donaire said. “If I’m given that opportunity, definitely kukunin ko.”
“But kung hindi naman, ready naman kami kahit ilang round,” he added.
The 10-round bout will be held at the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas on November 9.