Nonito Donaire’s trainer/father Donaire Sr. wants to get Nonito (32-2, 21 KO’s) back to the young fighter he once was for his upcoming bout next month against WBA Super World featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO’s) on May 31st at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Donaire Sr. notices that the 31-year-old Nonito no longer dances around the ring like he used to in his fights, and he wants to try and bring that back to his game somehow.
That elusiveness previously used to enable Donaire from taking shots while at the same time helping him land punches from odd angles that caught his opponents off guard.
“He’s not dancing anymore, that’s what we want to bring back,” Donaire Sr. said. “We are working on it. I’d like him to come back like the young Nonito. Fortunately, he’s quick to remember those movements.”
One problem that has perhaps gotten in the way of Donaire being able to move around the ring like he used to is that he’s put on weight in between his fights at super bantamweight. He had to work hard to melt down to make weight. Finally after a loss to WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux last year in April, Donaire moved up to the featherweight division. Even at that weight, however, Donaire has looked heavy and sluggish on his feet. He had to struggle to defeat 38-year-old Vic Darchinyan last November in winning by a 9th round TKO. Donaire suffered a cheekbone fracture in that fight.
Donaire could definitely use his movement for the Vetyeka fight because if he’s forced to go toe-to-toe with this fighter, we could see him take another loss. Donaire was on his way to a defeat in the Darchinyan fight until he hurt him in the 9th and was able to score a knockout. But we’re talking about a fighter who really didn’t belong in the featherweight fighting Donaire in the first place. Darchinyan is basically little more than an old super flyweight who has moved up in weight to chase bigger paydays but without the same success he had in the lower weights.