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DONAIRE VOWS TO TRAIN HARD FOR A TITLE FIGHT AGAINST WBA CHAMPION SCOTT QUIGG


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Five division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, his spirits lifted after a smashing 2nd round TKO victory over former European bantamweight champion Anthony Settoul last Saturday in Macau plans to take a one week break before returning to the gym to begin training for a possible WBA title fight against Britain’s Scott Quigg.

Donaire, wife Rachel and their two kids left for Las Vegas on Sunday night with Donaire promising he would train really hard for the Quigg fight which is likely to take place in November, most probably at the Manchester Arena in Britain although Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told the New Standard/boxingmirror.com that Dubai is in the running to stage the WBA title fight.

Donaire told us he would return to the famed ALA Gym in Cebu to train because of the excellent facilities and the fact that he is warmly received by renowned boxing patron Tony Aldeguer.
Even more important is the availability of top class sparring partners in undefeated featherweight Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo and unbeaten Prince Albert Pagara whose torrid sparring sessions helped push Donaire into devastating form for the Settoul ten round, non title fight last Saturday.

Donaire’s father/trainer “Dodong” Donaire believes that Nonito has added to his offensive arsenal and no longer relies on his vaunted left hook that disposed of Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge “Travieso” Arce en route to being named “Fighter of the Year” in 2012 and grabbing the No. 5 spot on the Ring Magazine pound for pound roster.

He cited the counter right hand and the body shots that took care of Settoul and remarked that “Nonito can’t live on the left hook alone” which Nonito accepted.

Donaire is keen on regaining his stature as a pound for pound fighter and a world champion once again and believes a victory over Quigg whom Nonito recognizes as a “tough opponent” will help him regain his standing.

“Dodong” Donaire believes that Nonito “is now 90 percent where he wants to be” and being such a talented fighter and “very smart inside the ring” he should be able to handle Quigg.

Photo: Donaire (L) downs Settoul during their 10-round scheduled fight in Macau over the weekend. Photo by Sumio Yamada.


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