By Adrian Stewart Co
Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. will aim for French boxer Nordine Oubaali’s World Boxing Council (WBC) world bantamweight belt when the two tangle this weekend at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
For the Filipino Flash, this will be another opportunity to become a world champion after bowing to WBA and IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue of Japan in November 2019.
According to the Talibon, Bohol-native Donaire, he is on point with his preparation for Oubaali as he targets to become undisputed bantamweight champion in the years to come.
“I have a dream which is to be the undisputed bantamweight champion, and at 38-years-old I think I am capable of doing it,” Donaire said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
“The first step is against Nordine Oubaali this weekend. Nordine is a good fighter, but he’s never faced an opponent like me, and then we are definitely going to pursue a rematch with Inoue and gather the rest of the belts,” he added.
Donaire, a four-division world boxing champion, further said that he is aiming for an impressive performance against Oubaali as he hopes to regain the bantamweight championships of Inoue.
“I want to achieve many things, but first I have to show what I can do on May 29. We are ready to give a great fight and show that I am better than Oubaali. Without a doubt I believe that I am capable of knocking him out,” he added.
Oubaali, for his part, is also cautious despite being tipped by many as the favored one in the clash as he knew Donaire is a tough opponent with his years of experience inside the ring.
“Donaire is a legend in the sport and I respect him a lot, but I am the champion of the world and there is no doubt in my mind that my hand will be raised when we finally meet,” Oubaali said.
Donaire is entering the match with an impressive 40-6-0 win-loss-draw ring record, including 26 stoppage wins, while the 34-year-old Oubaali will parade his untarnished 17-0-0 card with 12 wins by knockout./ASC, WDJ