After defeating French-Moroccan boxer Nordine Oubaali and acquiring the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) bantamweight title just days ago, Filipino-American boxer Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire is already planning his next boxing match.
The 38-year-old fighter is eyeing a rematch with unified bantamweight world champion Naoya Inoue of Japan, who’s held the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF), and Ring magazine titles since 2019.
According to Donaire, he wants to be the undisputed world bantamweight king, and to achieve that he has to fight foes of similar standing to Inoue.
“I really want to have a rematch with [Naoya] Inoue and fight those who have the belts to become the undisputed world bantamweight king,” he shared in an interview with Business Mirror.
Another boxer he’s setting his sight on is fellow Filipino Johnriel Casimero, who’s WBO’s bantamweight king.
However, Donaire did admit that he had some hesitations regarding his possible match-up with Casimero.
“I can’t do anything about it [Casimero fight]. It’s part of the business. I rather not. But if it’s in my way, I will make it happen,” he stressed.
On Sunday, Donaire showed that his prowess in the ring is still something to be reckoned with – knocking out 34-year-old Oubaali in the fourth round.
Donaire’s latest triumph redeems his unanimous decision loss against Inoue in Japan back in 2019.
“I am better than two years ago. I rested and took care of my body very well,” he said.
“You’ll see a lot of me in the coming years, my speed and power are still there. So definitely, you’ll see a lot of me in the future,” Donaire said confidently.
If Donaire truly wants a rematch with Inoue, he has to wait until after the latter finishes his upcoming fight with Filipino challenger Michael Dasmariñas on June 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meanwhile, Casimero is set to fight against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in August of this year.
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