MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. said he plans to carry on to 2013 what he has been trying to do all these years: strive to become a complete fighter.
He said by improving fight after fight, he’s building himself a big future in the sport.
“Dapat magaling ka sa susunod mong laban and kapag nagawa mo ‘yun, you have a big future, kasi that's my goal,” said the “Filipino Flash,” who has capped off an astounding year by crushing Mexican brawler Jorge Arce in three rounds.
Donaire, a four division champion, said his effort to become the best is his way of giving back to his Filipino supporters.
“I am always thankful for the Filipino people kasi binbigyan nila ako ng inspiration. Lahat ng boxers na lumalaban ang goal is to win for us, ‘di ba? [The goal] is to raise our flag. It’s the same thing with me,” he said.
Donaire, who beat all four opponents in 2012, is among the strong candidates for the Fighter of the Year award.
He started the year with a bang by outpointing Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown is his debut as a super bantamweight in February.
He followed this up by beating up Jeffrey Mathebula in July to unify the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) titles.
After vacating the IBF crown, Donaire defended his WBO title by retiring elite Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka in October.
Then he dropped Arce thrice en route to a third round knockout victory this month.
Donaire said he hopes to continue his run next year as he plans to invade the featherweight class, where he plans to duplicate what he did in the super bantamweight division.
“Kasi pag wala na akong goal, wala na akong determination. Mapapahiya lang ako sa mga Pilipino na nagbibigay sa akin ng support. It is important that I have a goal to better each fight,” he said.