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Donaire trying to drop down, develop into 5-division champ at age 40

Donaire trying to drop down, develop into 5-division champ at age 40

Nonito Donaire lost his rematch against top pound-for-pound boxer Naoya Inoue final June, however “The Filipino Flash” is adamant about not hanging up the gloves simply but.

Donaire, who turns 40 this November, says he really plans on slicing weight and dropping all the way down to 115 lbs subsequent, focusing on a shot at being a five-division world champion. He talked about WBO tremendous flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka, and “Chocolatito” Roman Gonzalez as doable opponents.

“Earlier than the struggle with Inoue, Richard Schaefer and I talked about taking place to 115,” Donaire stated by means of his promoters in Probellum. “Making the load was quite simple for me and I made it shortly. I even made 117 earlier than stepping on the scales.

“Richard and I have been speaking and saying that no matter what occurs right here, perhaps I can go all the way down to 115 and struggle the fellows in that division,” he stated. “Richard is speaking with Ioka’s individuals, with Mr Honda and he’s speaking to Chocolatito as effectively. It’s thrilling, there are a number of issues to look ahead to.”

Donaire didn’t shut the door on going again to 118 lbs after, however says the 2 match ups at 115 lbs are intriguing.

“It’s a extremely good struggle with Chocolatito and individuals are saying it will be ‘legend versus legend.’ It’s a giant struggle. However I do just like the Ioka struggle as effectively as a result of I wish to get that title and develop into a five-division champion,” he stated.

Donaire hasn’t fought at tremendous flyweight in about 12 years, when he held the interim WBA title from 2009-2010. That technically doesn’t depend as a world title, however the surefire Corridor of Famer has already gained championships at flyweight, bantamweight, tremendous bantamweight and featherweight.

Ioka, 33, is coming off a July determination win over Donaire’s countryman and longtime world champ Donnie Nietes for his fifth straight protection of the WBO title.

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Chocolatito, 35, has been a giant title boxing star for some time now, however he misplaced his tremendous flyweight title in 2021 to Juan Francisco Estrada. He rebounded final March, successful a choice over Julio Cesar Martinez.

Like Donaire, each Chocolatito and Ioka are additionally four-division world champions.

Donaire made historical past throughout his late profession resurgence by being the oldest boxer to win a bantamweight championship final 12 months. He definitely has nothing left to show in his embellished profession, however can the Filipino really drop down one other division and proceed to show again father time?

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