At the age of 33, Nonito is a 15-year pro. A four-division world champion at 112, 118, 122, and 126 pounds – and an “interim” champion in a fifth division at 115 pounds – he was the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2012 Fighter of the Year.”
Nonito won the IBF flyweight world title at the age of 24 in July, 2007, and made three successful title defenses before moving up in weight to win the WBA “interim” 115-pound super flyweight in August, 2009.
He won the WBC and WBO bantamweight world titles in February, 2011, made one successful defense, then vacated the titles to move up in weight.
Nonito won the WBO junior featherweight world title for the first time in February, 2012, added the IBF junior featherweight title five months later in July – then vacated it – and made three successful defenses of the WBO title.
He won the WBA featherweight “super” world title in Macau in May, 2014.
Nonito won the WBO junior featherweight world title for the second time on December 11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a 12-round unanimous decision against Cesar Juarez – it was a tremendous battle, one of the best fights of the year.
In his last fight on April 23 in Cebu City, Philippines, Nonito made his fourth defense of the title with a third-round TKO win against former Hungarian Olympian Zsolt Bedak.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: “The Filipino Flash” Donaire returned to his birth country to make the first defense of his second 122-pound title reign and he did so in explosive fashion in front of a wild crowd of around 30,000 at a steamy outdoor stadium where temperatures were in the 90s.
Donaire, who has won full world titles in four weight classes (five if you count interim belts), claimed a vacant junior featherweight belt for the second time on Dec. 11 in Puerto Rico when he won a unanimous decision against Mexico’s Cesar Juarez in an action-packed fight of the year contender….
Donaire was in complete control against Bedak when rocked him with a hard left hook midway through the second round that made him do a little dance. Later in the round, Donaire landed a left uppercut that sent Bedak to the mat on his rear end for the first of three knockdowns in the bout.
Bedak fought back hard after the knockdown but went down for the second time moments before the second round ended when Donaire caught him with a counter left hand on the temple. Bedak was very unsteady when he got to his feet but the bell rang to end the round.
Donaire overpowered Bedak in the third round, hurting him with a left hand and then dropping him for the third time when he followed with a grazing right hand. Bedak, whose face was bruised and had a bloody lip, beat the count but [the] referee did not get the responses he wanted to hear when he asked Bedak if he was OK and he waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 44 seconds.
It was a strong performance for Donaire, who won his fourth fight in a row since returning to the junior featherweight division…. [End Rafael item]
Nonito was trained by his father, Nonito Donaire Sr., from the beginning of his career until the two parted ways in late 2009. He was trained by Robert Garcia for nine fights from February, 2010, through December, 2012, but reconciled with his father in early 2013, and they started working together again.
Nonito Jr. said, “I’ve got a renewed mentality now. I’m grateful for everything that I have and all of the opportunities.
Nonito Sr. said, “When Nonito was younger, he had a lot of speed and power and that’s what we’re working on. The good thing is, he’s back – his spirit. He’s very focused right now, no problems in training camp, no health issues or injuries this time. He’s ready to fight.”