Donaire plans to have 5 fights in 2013
MANILA, Philippines – Super bantamweight king Nonito Donaire Jr. plans to fight as much as possible next year after a successful campaign in 2012.
This year, Donaire fought four times and defeated all of his opponents in the 122-pound division.
“[I am ready] to take as many fights as I can during the year and if I can do five, I will do five,” The “Filipino Flash” told Boxing Scene’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Donaire opened his 2012 campaign in February by outpointing Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound title. Five months later, he knocked down Jeffrey Mathebula to unify the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) titles.
Donaire vacated the IBF crown in October before retaining his WBO title against Toshiaki Nishioka, retiring the Japanese champion in nine rounds.
But his biggest win for the year came this December when he demolished future hall-of-famer Jorge Arce in three rounds.
Donaire said he believes he could improve further each time he steps inside the ring.
“I feel strong each time I get into the ring and each moment that I’m in the gym I just keep learning and learning and I like to fight,” he said.