Donaire targets bantam title

source: Francis Santiago |

Boxing champion Nonito Donaire Jr. is feeling his age, at 27, he is also getting bigger and heavier.

But he feels good about all the physical changes, so good that he says he is ready to move up to a heavier division and take on the big boys in the next class.

“My body is getting bigger as I age. And I'm feeling more confident if I fight bigger,” said Donaire, the reigning WBA interim superflyweight champion.

I feel it's healthier and safer for my body to fight in a bigger weight class.” Donaire is coming off a successful title defense against Mexican Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (TKO 8th round) in Puerto Rico early this month, and fans may have seen the last of him in the 115-lb. division.

Donaire (23-1-0-15 KOs) said he plans to move up in the bantamweight (118 lbs) and take a shot at the WBO title which Mexican Fernando Montiel (41-2-2, 31 KOs) holds.

“I've already sent a message that I want to fight him in November. But there's still no feedback. I hope he'll get take the challenge,” said Donaire, who appeared with his wife, Rachel, in a press conference hosted by GMA 7 Tuesday.

Should Montiel turn down his challenge, Donaire said there's still one more option, and that is to fight Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vasquez Jr., the reigning WBO super bantamweight (122-lb.) king.

I feel it's time to fight the best fighters out there,” said Donaire, who said he's 132 pounds at present. Known as “The Filipino Flash,” Donaire, handled by Top Rank, was supposed to meet Vic Darchinyan on Aug. 21 in a rematch, but the Armenian backed out at the last minute.


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