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Q&A: Donaire reconciles with Dad, discusses son, rival Darchinyan
Three-division titleholder Nonito Donaire enters his Nov. 9 return bout against Vic Darchynian after the birth of his son as well as a reconciliation with his father and former trainer, Nonito Donaire Sr.
LAS VEGAS -- Former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire spoke to RingTV.com about being a dad as well as having reconciled with his own father, Nonito Donaire Sr., in advance of his Nov. 9 rematch with Vic Darchinyan that will represent Donaire's featherweight debut.
Donaire (31-2, 20 knockouts) shared his thoughts the day before WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley's split-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez, on Oct. 12, and the morning after having attended a media dinner hosted by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum along with his wife Rachel Donaire and their nearly three-month old son, Jarel Michael.
In his last fight in April, Donaire, 30, was dethroned as RING 122-pound champion and WBO beltholder by Guillermo Rigondeaux, who also holds the WBA title.
In Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs), Donaire faces a 37-year-old southpaw who is coming off a fourth-round stoppage win over Javier Gallo in May and who has won two straight since falling in consecutive unanimous decision losses to Anselmo Moreno and Shinsuke Yamanaka.
Darchynian was the unbeaten IBF flyweight titleholder in July of 2007 when Donaire -- with Donaire Sr. in his corner at the time -- knocked him out in the fifth round.
After losing to Rigondeaux, Donaire had arthroscopic surgery performed on his right shoulder by Dr. Shabi Kahn on April 19, at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif., to repair two tears. Donaire said he planned to resume training with Robert Garcia, in Oxnard, Calif., although he had been working with his father out of a Las Vegas-based venue.
RingTV.com: How was your son's first public appearance at a boxing event?
Nonito Donaire: Well, we're proud parents. Everyone was giving compliments to my kid. It felt good that everybody thought he was cute. I was going bring him because I just didn't want to be away from him.
It was incredible that they were giving him a lot of attention. I barely held him the whole night. It was like this person took him, and then another person took him.
Everybody wanted to carry him. We were really proud parents last night, and everyone was great. We were happy with the way that everything went.
But mainly when he's hungry or when he's really, really tired. Even with everybody taking pictures, and taking him here and there, he just stared at everybody and sort of looked at them and tried to learn from them and analyzed them.
So I was like, 'Really? Okay.' I talked to him then, and he saw the baby, and I've been telling everybody just how powerful the baby is, because all of the pride from his grandfather, and from me, his father, we just kind of... The weirdest thing about it is that it wasn't weird that me and my dad could just get along like that.
That was the weirdest thing is that it wasn't weird. I hadn't talked to him in so many years, and I thought that it was going to be weird that I just found out the day before, and when he flew in, we picked him up, we had breakfast or lunch.
But this time, we were like, 'Let's not even talk about the past. Let's just move on and be a better family and be father and son. We just refused to talk about the past and to move on and to learn from it and to bury all of our pride and that was just how it went.
We've been doing things, mentally, in the ring where I'm going back to the basics in boxing. So far, Las Vegas has been the home for my training, but we've been going back and forth to Oxnard.
Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank
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