With the ink of his signature on his new contract barely dry, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. has already set his on taking on some of boxing’s cream of the crop.
According to Top Rank big boss and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, Donaire, who currently holds a 35-3 win-loss record, is bent on finishing his multi-weight, word-title winning career with some big bouts and is potentially on a collision course with stable mates Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters.
Among the two, Ukraine’s Lomachenko is the fighter Donaire is inclined to fight.
“Well, Nonito was in our office signing a contract this week and the guy he wants to fight most for some reason is [Vasyl] Lomachenko. Most guys run from Lomachenko but that is who Nonito wants to fight,” said Arum in an interview with Boxing Scene late last week.
Lomachenko is a two-time Olympic champion and two-time gold medalist in the World Boxing Championships. He snatched the WBO featherweight belt despite having only five bouts as a pro boxer.
That faceoff would have to wait in the wings for now though as Donaire is in the thick of preparations for his upcoming junir featherweight match against Puerto Rico’s Cesar Juarez on December 12 that is likely to be for the WBO 122 lbs. title which was recently stripped from the inactive Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba.
The 32-year-old Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, is coming off back-to-back knockout victories over William Prado of Brazil to win the NABF crown last March 24 followed by a win over former European champion Anthony Settoul of France.
He has won world titles at flyweight, bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight, plus an interim belt at junior bantamweight.
Lomachenko, meanwhile, outclassed Mexico’s Romulo Koasicha last Saturday to successfully defend his belt. He controlled the fight from the starting bell ahead of Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios’ head-to-head at the Thomas & Mach Center in Las Vegas.