Donaires part ways again
No reason cited for split-up
The father-and-son tandem of Nonito “Dodong” Donaire Sr. and Nonito Jr. has again parted ways. The breakup was announced by Donaire Sr. himself who informed that he is no longer the trainer of his son.
In a Facebook post by Nonito Sr., he said that he is quitting as his son’s trainer and won’t be involved in the latter’s immediate fights.
No reason was cited.
Years ago, the two also parted ways in a well-publicized tiff but reunited a couple of years later. Personal issues were cited then by the five-division world champion. That time Donaire Jr. hired Latin-American multi-awarded trainer Robert Garcia to man his corner until he and his father reconciled in 2013.
“I’ve been grateful to work for Jun’s corner for the past couple years. I’m happy to have been there as a trainer and father when he recaptured world titles. But I decided to resign as head trainer and go back to the Bay Area. I know he will find a trainer that will take him to the next level and, hopefully, I’ll be at the fight ringside to watch,” Nonito Sr. posted on his Facebook account.
The younger Donaire, who is the reigning WBO super bantamweight champion with a record of 37 wins with three losses and 24 knockouts, is rumored to fight American Jessie Magdaleno. However, no official announcement has been made yet by Top Rank Boxing which promotes him.
The father-and-son tandem last worked together in Cebu last April 24 when Donaire Jr. stopped Hungarian Zsolt Bedak to defend his WBO super bantamweight title in front of roaring Cebuano boxing fans at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC).
Donaire Sr. was instrumental in his son’s success in boxing and in the latter’s ascension as a five-division world champion. Donaire’s only loss during his father’s watch came in 2014 when he lost via TKO to Jamaican Nicholas Walters.
Since then, Donaire Jr. has racked up four straight victories capped by his recapturing the WBO crown.
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