NONITO Donaire Jr. believes fighting outside of the United States for the second straight time doesn’t leave him out of the radar of boxing fans worldwide.
The ‘Filipino Flash’ faces Anthony Settoul of France on Saturday night in a 10-round bout at the Cotai Arena in Macau, marking the second time he’ll be fighting in Asia this year after beating William Prado last March at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Fights away from the bright lights of the US, though, hardly bothered the 32-year-old former four-time world champion as he said the sport has now become global in nature.
“Boxing has become a global sport and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be fighting in the Far East. They are great fans. And because of boxing's international appeal, fans seem to be able to keep up with my training camps and fights,” said Donaire in an interview with Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.
The Donaire –Settoul bout will be televised across the United States on tape delay through UniMas.
“Based on my social (media) platform traffic, I don't feel that I am out of mind of US fans at all. Having this fight on as the main event on UniMas also benefits my visibility in the US,” said Donaire.
Also featured in the card is the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title fight between Cesar Cuenca of Argentina and IK Yang of China.
Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs) is looking to beat Settoul (20-3, 8 KOs) in the hopes of earning another title shot, possibly against World Boxing Association (WBA) junior featherweight champion Scott Quigg.
“I really like that fight with Quigg. Great for me and great for the fans. I'm totally on board,” said the 33-year-old Filipino.
But first, Donaire has to overcome Settoul.
“He is an excellent boxer. I need to be patient with him and not get reckless. The key to being successful against him will be in cutting off the ring and shortening the distance between us.
“In this training camp, my dad (trainer Nonito Sr.) and I really worked on honing my boxing skills to set up my power shots rather than just going in looking for a knockout of the year. My power is still there. It's all about using it effectively,” said Donaire.