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Donaire returns to ring vs South African champ on May 10

/ 01:01 AM February 23, 2014

Nonito Donaire celebrates his win over Vic Darchinyan during round 9 of their featherweight rematch, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Even in the glow of victory, the Filipino boxing star’s first thoughts were about his compatriots caught by a deadly supertyphoon in the Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Out to redeem himself after a rough year,  Nonito Donaire Jr., returns to the ring on May 10 against IBF featherweight champion Simphiwe Vetyeka of South Africa in a title fight at Venetian Resort in Macau.

Internet reports said the bout, which stakes Vetyeka’s crown he took from erstwhile unbeaten Chris John of Indonesia, is a done deal and could possibly also land another Filipino-American star Brian Viloria in the undercard.

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Donaire, 31, lost a unanimous decision to Cuba’s highly tactical but unexciting Guillermo Rigondeaux last April in New York City.

Donaire came back to the ring last November against former conquest Vic Darchinyan.

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He repeated over the Armenian-American slugger but not after trailing on score cards all evening and rescuing himself with a left hook that stopped Darchinyan in the 9th.

This time, though, Donaire is eyeing a title in a fourth weight division and establish himself in the 126 territory strewn with tough guys like Orlando Salido, Jhonny Gonzales, Evgeny Gradovich and Abner Mares.

Vetyeka (26-2-0, 16 KOs) is largely unknown and has fought mostly in his country but is carrying a legitimate title.

Donaire has won world titles in flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions.

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