MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is ready to take on International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa in a bout to unify the two titles.
Donaire assured his fans that the hand he injured last February when he defeated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is once again ready to do some damage this weekend.
“It’s good, we took a month to heal the hand,” he said.
Donaire said this is the hardest he’s ever trained for an opponent, especially as Mathebula holds a three-inch height advantage against him.
“I’m really, really excited to be fighting a guy who’s going to be a challenge,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mathebula thanked Donaire and Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum for giving him the chance to fight, but warned that he was no pushover.
“I’m here to fight... I’m a champion too,” he said. “Nonito never fought a junior featherweight. He’s a flyweight, so it’s going to be tough for him. Believe me, it’s not going to be easy.”
While Donaire is aiming to win multiple titles in multiple weight divisions like Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, he will most likely stay at super bantamweight for the rest of the year. Top Story, ANC, July 4, 2012.