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Donaire aiming for featherweight return – eyes Frampton fight

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Filipino star Nonito Donaire [37(24)-3(1)] intends to move back up to featherweight in the near future.

The 33 year old four-weight World champion claimed the WBO 126lbs belt in 2014 against Simpiwe Vetyeka before losing to Nicholas Walters and moving back down to super bantamweight. Last December the Filipino Flash reclaimed the WBO super bantamweight belt and will defend it for a second time on November 5th against Jessie Magdaleno in Vegas on the Vargas-Pacquiao undercard.

A seven-time World champ, Donaire is aiming to head back up to the higher weight afterwards and is aiming for a fight with Belfast’s Carl Frampton among others.

Donaire claimed “bring in Frampton, bring in Quigg, bring in Mares, Santa Cruz, you name it, we want them all.”

“This is my second wind in my career. In this second chance I’m going to go out there and I’m going to make things happen.”

The return of Donaire to featherweight would add another big name to the division which has seen the recent additions of Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, and Guillermo Rigondeaux, alongside the likes of Abner Mares, Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez, Vetyeka, JoJo Diaz, and Jesus Cuellar.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie