Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will stage a comeback on May 29, fighting undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali.
Donaire’s father-trainer Nonito “Dodong” Sr. said his son is back in serious training after losing a world title unification bout with unified bantamweight champion Japanese Naoya Inoue via unanimous decision in November 2019.
“Ring rust is only for lazy fighters, those who do not train regularly. Nonito is training and sparring everyday in Las Vegas with different fighters, so I don’t think he will experience a ring rust,” said Nonito Sr.
“If you do not train, you will lose your stamina. But in the case of Nonito, he hasn’t stopped training,” the elder Donaire added.
The Donaire-Oubaali fight was rescheduled twice last year—summer and December—due the Covid-19 pandemic.
Donaire was given an opportunity to fight Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez for the vacant WBC interim bantamweight belt last December 19. The fight was canceled after the Filipino tested “false positive” for the virus.
Oubaali was supposed to fight Thailand’s Nawaphon Por Chokchai last March 13 in France but was also called off.
Despite the postponements, Donaire (40-6 win-loss record with 26 knockouts) has been training regularly in Las Vegas.
The southpaw Oubaali is unbeaten in 17 fights with 12 knockouts.