Fight fans from around the globe share their thoughts on the Nonito Donaire-Nicholas Walters fight and the red-hot featherweight division, Manny Pacquiao’s place among the all-time greats, Carl Froch’s next move, Artur Beterbiev and some interesting middleweight mythical matchups in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
Undefeated featherweight contender Nicholas Walters will face three-division titleholder Nonito Donaire in the co-feature to the Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio WBA middleweight title fight on Oct. 18 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Fight fans were treated to many world-class fights and events internationally last week, and THE RING’s divisional and pound-for-pound rankings were affected by the action. Nobody made more noise than Carl Froch who won his anticipated rematch with Geroge Groves.
Nonito Donaire scored a fifth-round technical-decision victory over WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka on Saturday in Macau. Donaire, who suffered a bad cut over his left eye due to a headbutt, scored a knockdown in Round 4.
“Featherweight Fury” participants, including WBA titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka, challenger Nonito Donaire, Vic Darchinyan and Nicholas Walters, stepped to the scales in Macau, China. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Fighters on the “Featherweight Fury” card gathered for one last photo op before the opening bells in Macau, China. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Participants in this Saturday’s fights — Nonito Donaire-Simpiwe Vetyeka, Nicholas Walters-Vic Darchinyan and others — arrived at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China, to do battle. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
RingTV.com asked 19 boxing insiders who will win the Simpiwe Vetyeka-Nonito Donaire WBA featherweight title bout on Saturday. Vetyeka, the defending beltholder, is coming off a career-best victory over long-reigning Chris John. Donaire has looked shaky in his last two bouts.
Nonito Donaire will try to continue his recovery from the Guillermo Rigondeaux loss by facing WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka on a Macau card that will also feature top-5 126-pounders Evgeny Gradovich and Nicholas Walters.
Top Rank is starting to compile its spring and summer schedule, with two big fights on tap. Find out what Bob Arum thinks about both fights.
Nonito Donaire Jr. will try to win a world title in his fourth division when he faces IBF featherweight titleholder Simphiwe Vetyeka on May 10 at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China. Former 108-pound and flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria will fight on the undercard.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum wants to see former champion Nonito Donaire back in the ring in Macau, possibly against WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka, with supporting bouts featuring Brian Viloria and Nicholas Walters.
Stuart Hall will make the first defense of his IBF bantamweight title against Martin Ward on March 29 in Newcastle, England. Also, Ryan Songalia has news on a boxing fundraising event in Manila on May 24 to benefit victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
There is a “strong chance” that WBA featherweight beltholder Simphiwe Vetyeka will make his first title defense against Japanese contender Akifumi Shimoda on Feb. 22, Vetyeka’s manager Andile Sidinile tells RingTV.com.
Last week was a slow one for worldwide boxing action, but there was one major development in THE RING’s division ratings. Due to testing positive for a banned substance following his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios has been dropped from the junior welterweight rankings.