FORMER multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire is thankful for his sixth-round stoppage loss to Nicholas Walters last year as it helped him re-dedicate himself to the sport.
Donaire relinquished his WBA ‘super’ world featherweight title to the Jamaican and has since moved back down to super-bantamweight.
On Friday he will face Cesar Juarez as he continues his journey to another title shot and is viewing his loss to Walters as a positive step.
“When I was down on the canvas in the Walters fight I thought to myself, ‘this is a blessing.’ It was a blessing because I had lost my way, not giving boxing the respect it deserves,” he said.
” I was searching for something. I was unsatisfied. I went home and re-dedicated myself to the sport. I worked harder in the gym. I got out bed early in the mornings and did my running.”
Donaire has held the WBO world title at super-bantam but lost it to Guillermo Rigondeaux and feels he can not afford another loss.
“My opponent is a tough guy and he is hungry like a wolf. My job is to beat the wolf. He’s actually ranked higher than me. He is No. 1 and I am No. 2.
“I must win on Friday night. I am out of setbacks.
“I feel like I am 21 again. My speed has increased. I can feel my power is much stronger. My happiness is back. I had a great camp. But I know what must be done. I must win.”