Boxing: Donaire has advice to fans, as world deals with coronavirus


Posted at Mar 31 2020 09:10 PM

Former world champion Nonito Donaire Jr. said love and positive thinking will help people get through the dreaded COVID-19 virus.

Donaire, currently staying Las Vegas together with his family, said he'd prefer not to stress himself out with the pandemic threat.

In order for people to battle the disease, the "Filipino Flash" enumerated ways to fend off COVID-19.

“First, thank God for your health and family and the time you are being given … pray,” he said in an article posted on

“Second, focus on your health and safety. We all made great resolutions and now, God has given us that time to fulfill them and taken all distractions out. Third, stay positive. Remember that stress lowers the immune system. Fourth, go into your backyard and get fresh air and sun. Finally, love! Love one another, not just your family but your neighbor. We are in this together. Be kind to the next person you are speaking with.”

Donaire was supposed to challenge WBC bantamweight titlist Nordine Oubaali of France in Los Angeles next month. But the bout was postponed because of the virus.

Donaire has stayed fit by working out indoors.

If everything turns out fine and the virus dies out, the Filipino Flash will head to San Mateo, Calif., to set up camp for Oubaali.

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