Donaire ready to switch to 115 to face Chocolatito, Estrada


FILE – Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire (R) celebrates after winning the World Bantamweight Championship boxing match on May 29, 2021 in Carson, Calif. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Nonito Donaire sees no problem falling at super flyweight if he can’t secure the rematch against Naoya Inoue for a potential four-belt fight.

In an appearance on the Boxing with Chris Mannix podcast, WBC bantamweight champion said that going up to 115 pounds so he can trade leather with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez or WBA and Ring Magazine title holder Juan Francisco Estrada is a proposition. enticing.

“I would love to,” Donaire said, h / t BoxingScene.com. “I put myself there, in this mix with ‘Chocolatito’ and Estrada. … That would be great. I totally agree. I am all for it.

Donaire, 40, hasn’t fought at super flyweight since 2010 when he stopped Hernan Marquez in eight rounds to win the interim WBA title.

Despite his long absence from the division, he has no qualms about losing three pounds if a fight with Inoue, the holder of the WBA, IBF and Ring Magazine bantamweight belts, couldn’t be had.

“Gaining weight is such a simple thing for me. I mean, I could go down to 115 if I want to, you know, and still feel really strong.

“When I fought Inoue, I was actually 116 years old, so I had to [drink]]some waters, to go up to 117, just a little below 118. So 116, you know, is just around the corner of 115.

Donaire (42-6) won back-to-back fights in 2021, knocking out Nordine Oubaali in the fourth to win his title, then doing the same with Reymart Gaballo in his first defense.

Both wins came after Donaire lost to Inoue in November 2019 in a match that the Boxing Writers Association of America called Fight of the Year.

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