Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is ready to take a huge step up in competition for 2018 as he takes on Carl Frampton at The SSE Arena in Belfast on April 7.
“A few years ago we were talking about fighting each other. There was a desire to fight each other. He was an undefeated champion and he wanted to fight me and I wanted to fight him but the promotional stuff did not work out,” Donaire explained in an interview after meeting with TV5 President Chot Reyes.
“This time around, we’re making it happen. I’ve always been impressed by his capabilities as a fighter.”
The Irish fighter has compiled a record of 24 wins against only a single defeat which was via split decision against Leo Santa Cruz back in January 2017. Donaire, on the other end, has 38 wins with four losses.
“I think my style is his arch enemy. My style will give him a lot of difficulties,” Donaire added. “I started training already at the beginning of the year. I’m just trying to create habits right now. I’m focusing on power and putting multiple punches together.”
The Filipino fighter is a former flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight, and super bantamweight champion and is hoping to add a featherweight title to his collection and the best way to do it is by defeating a big name opponent such as Frampton, although it will not be easy as the fight would be in the Irishman’s backyard.
“Fighting him in his hometown is a challenge when it comes down to decisions, at least that’s what I believe,” Donaire said. “I always go for the knockout, that’s who I am as a fighter. That’s why sometimes my opponents would run away from me and use their technique or slickness because they know I go out there to kill, to knock them out. I like being the underdog. I think he’s looking past me and that gives me all the motivation to train harder.”
Donaire added that fighting in Ireland won’t require him to prepare himself psychologically as he’s ready to fight with only his corner by his side.
“It’s not my mentality. My preparation will be more about the physical aspect because I have to be 100% prepared,” he explained. “I’m a fighter and I leave it all on the ring so psychologically, it’s not a problem for me.”
The fight is three months away but Donaire started his preparations early to get himself into the best shape possible.
“Frampton is a volume puncher and one thing we’re going to do is utilize the power while being a volume puncher too so we have to be physically fit,” Donaire said. “We’re still trying to figure out where we’ll get the best sparring may it be here, Japan, or the US. We’re reaching out to fighters who are willing to go to my training camp and emulate Frampton while also being able to change it up.”