Monday, September 1, 2014

Nonito Donaire Jr. vs. Nicholas Walter

By Alon Calinao Dy: After the "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire Jr. responded to the Ice Bucket Challenge  for the ALS by his buddy WWE superstar Batista, he is now preparing for his upcoming fight against the challenger and undefeated Jamaican boxer Nicholas Walter for the WBA Super Featherweight title on Oct. 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. 

Photo courtesy of Chris Farina/Top Rank

Donaire was last seen fighting against the South African fighter Simpiwe Vetyeka at the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Macau, China, last May 31. But due to controversial headbutt, the Filipino Flash defeated Vetyeka via technical decision to claim another feat of WBA Featherweight title. 

After the fight, Donaire spoke about his frustration and immediately offered his South African rival a possible rematch. Due to unknown reasons, the Filipino champ is fighting a different opponent, who is also undefeated when he fought Vetyeka.

Nicholas Walter, a fighter eyed by Nonito this coming month, was remembered when he knocked out Columbian boxer Daulis Prescott during the annual feast in Jamaica for the vacant WBA Featherweight crown last Dec. 8, 2012.

At the moment, this is going to be one of the toughest fights for Donaire since his opponent has a high KO percentage -- 20 KOs out of 24 total fights. He also has 5 inches reach advantage than the Filipino Flash.

Whoever wins this battle, the winner should face the undefeated and pound-for-pound Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux, who is currently trained by his compatriot Pacquiao's coach and future boxing hall-of-fame trainer Freddie Roach.