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Donaire: WBSS makes me 20 years younger!

Donaire: WBSS makes me 20 years younger!

4th, December 2018

36-year-old Filipino-American, Nonito Donaire, feels confident in collecting all the belts and take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy after feeling comfortable at 118 lb.

The former multiple-time world champion in four weight classes and current WBA Unified Bantamweight Champion came down from 126 lb to compete at 118 lb for the first time in seven years to enter the WBSS.

In the quarter-final against Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett, Donaire felt he was in control and would have taken home the victory in orthodox fashion if the number one seed hadn’t been forced to retire after four rounds with a back injury.

“I am grateful I fought long enough to be able to test the weight,” said ‘The Filipino Flash’.

“Ryan is a tough guy, but we felt very comfortable going in there, especially after a couple of rounds. I showed that I am capable in this weight class, not only do I have the power but now I am also a lot lighter and you’ll see ‘The Filipino Flash’ more often.”

Like Burnett (26), the remaining contenders; Noya Inoue (25), Emmanuel Rodriguez (26) and Zolani Tete (30) are considerably younger than Donaire. But the veteran insists that age is just a number.

“I am so excited to be in the WBSS. This tournament makes me 20 years younger,” said Donaire who is trained by the 78-year-old legend, Kenny Adams.

“I have to be the best of me to compete against the young guys in this tournament. But with my coach Kenny we are going to make it happen, we are going to keep on going; all the way until I am the undisputed champion of the world. We are getting closer and closer.

“Now Tete is next. We are going back to the drawing board seeing what we can approve on and what we can create against him.

“Tete is a formidable guy. He is tall, he is fast, he is slick, but I am a fighter that can fight any kind of style.”

Dates and venues for the semi-finals taking place early next year will be announced in due course. 

Bantamweight Semi-Finals:

  • Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez