Four-division champion Nonito Donaire will look to bounce back from a beatdown loss to Nicholas Walters in October, as he makes his return to the ring on March 28 in the Phillipines, with an opponent yet to be named. Donaire, 32, will not be fighting in the night's main event, however, as that spot will go to junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes.
Donaire (33-3, 21 KO) recently announced that he'll be moving from 126 back to 122 pounds for his next fight, probably a wise move. The Filipino-American has struggled at featherweight; apart from the shellacking at the hands of Walters, he also won his title belt there in somewhat controversial fashion against Simpiwe Vetyeka, and found himself in dire need of a late rally stoppage of Vic Darchinyan in 2013.
Donaire last fought as a super bantamweight in April 2013, losing convincingly to Guillermo Rigondeaux on HBO. Donaire is 2-2 in his last four fights after going unbeaten from 2001-13.
Will Donaire find success again as a super bantamweight, or is this more likely a case of time catching up to him? Will he be an elite fighter again?