Donaire shortlist taking shape, Walters and Gradovich options

Nick Giongco 08/06/2014

Line them up. This was practically what Nonito Donaire said upon his return from his triumphant campaign in Macau last weekend.

The Fil-Am puncher’s father cum trainer Nonito Sr. said that while a rematch with South African Simpiwe Vetyeka looks appealing since their bout ended on a technical decision, there are other options down the road.

An attractive option is a face-off with Nicholas Walters, the Jamaican who saw action in the undercard of the Donaire-Vetyeka showdown at the CotaiArena in Macau.

Walters, according to Nonito Sr., is an ideal opponent for his son, who made it clear that despite the hideous cut he sustained during the rough bout with Vetyeka that he can see himself fighting as early as October.

“Walters is good but whenever he throws punches, he lets himself very wide for a counter and Jun-jun (Nonito Jr. nickname) sees that,” said the elder Donaire, who has worked his son’s corner for only the second time since their reunion.

Walters, who has an unblemished 24-0 record with 20 knockouts, stopped Vic Darchinyan of Armenia.

Evgeny Gradovich, who also saw action and won convincingly in Macau, is also on the radar screen although Nonito Sr. is not keen on the matchup.

“They’re good friends,” said Nonito Sr., aware that the Oxnard-based Gradovich, originally from Russia, has Mexican-American Robert Garcia as his trainer.

Garcia is also a part of Team Donaire.

Top Rank head Bob Arum has yet to dip his fingers into Donaire’s next fight although the Hall of Fame promoter told the media in Macau that he sees Donaire returning to the ring sometime in November.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks