Nonito Donaire is getting ready to take on #1-seeded Ryan Burnett in the World Boxing Super Series’ bantamweight tournament this weekend, and discusses with RingTV what will make the difference in this outing. Donaire is most recently coming off a wide decision loss to Carl Frampton in a featherweight fight earlier this year and has since made the decision to boil back down to 118lbs.
“After the Frampton fight, I realized I didn’t belong in the (featherweight) division,” said Donaire in an interview with The Ring. “Not just my physicality, but I was so small for the weight. I’ve been fighting at featherweight against these bigger guys and I just thought, you know what, I can go back down.”
Donaire said that when the opportunity to enter the WBSS tournament at 118 came about he had no doubt in his mind that he could still make the weight and compete. Donaire even mentions the fact that he’s never missed weight before.
But Donaire has been in some pretty brutal battles in recent years, with his best days clearly behind him. Even still, that fire still burns within Donaire, who goes on to say that if it proves out that he can’t compete with these guys, it’s time for him to leave boxing. But until then, Donaire says he’ll be looking to apply the lessons learned from his last outing.
“I learned a lot from the Frampton fight. One of the reasons Frampton beat me is that he was able to adjust, and I didn’t. That was one thing we made sure of in this camp, that we would be able to adjust. Ryan has different ways of fighting; he can make it rugged, he can box, he can fight inside. It’s about creating the ability to adjust at any moment.”
Donaire finished by saying that he’s coming into this fight fully prepared, both mentally and physically, and that he’ll be coming to win.