Donaire father and son reunite for Darchinyan fight

Nonito Sr. and grandson Jarel, first born child of Nonito, Jr. and Rachel (Photo from Nonito, Sr.'s Facebook account)

MANILA – All’s well that ends well for the Donaire father-and-son tandem.

In an interview, Nonito Donaire, Sr. revealed to Solar Sports Desk he has already reunited with estranged son Nonito Jr. and that they are set to relive the early years of their potent team-up that saw them score one of boxing’s terrifying knockout wins.

“Tinawagan ako ni Jun na bumisita sa kanila sa Las Vegas. Nagpunta naman ako at inabot ng 5 hours yung pagkikita namin. Napakasarap para sa isang ama na magkita ulit kami,” said Donaire, Sr.

In that meaningful gathering was Donaire’s wife Rachel.

“Humingi naman ako ng tawad sa kanila at sabi ko kalimutan na yung mga nakaraan. Nag-sorry din naman sila pero ngayon talagang masaya ang pamilya namin na maayos na ang lahat,” said Donaire, Sr.

The elder Donaire also relished the chance to cuddle his grandson Jarel, the first born child of Nonito and Rachel.

“Tuwang-tuwa talaga ako nakarga ko yung apo ko. Kamukhang-kamukha ni Jun,” said Donaire.

A huge underdog during his first title attempt in 2007, Donaire recorded a scintillating 5 round knockout against then undefeated and pound-for-pound entrant Vic Darchinyan to claim the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown.

Incidentally, Donaire’s next fight will be at featherweight against Darchinyan in a non-title showdown on November 9 in Las Vegas.

“After kami mag-meet sa Las Vegas, tinawagan ako the following day. Dun na niya sinabi sa akin na magsama uli kami sa boxing. Nagka-goosebumps talaga ako nung sinabi niya sa akin yun,” said Donaire, Sr.

Donaire, Jr. is currently trained by Robert Garcia but Nonito, Sr. said he is more than willing to accept any role within the team.

After winning the flyweight championship, father and son teamed up for two title defences before personal indifferences forced them to part ways in 2008.

Donaire, Jr. went on to win three more division titles under different trainers from the Penalosa brothers Dodie Boy and Carl and later with Garcia.

Donaire Sr. meanwhile had the chance to guide former champion Marvin Sonsona and Filipina boxer Ana Julaton.


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