Probellum is proud to announce the huge promotional signing of boxing legend and nine-time, four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire.
Donaire (41-6, 27 knockouts) is the reigning WBC bantamweight champion, and is universally recognised as one of the greatest boxers of the last 20 years.
The ‘Filipino Flash’ won his current world title with a fourth round knockout win over Nordine Oubaali earlier this year, while he has also claimed world honours at flyweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight.
He has been involved in some of the biggest fights that the sport has seen, sharing the ring with fellow greats like Jorge Arce, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Vic Darchinyan, Naoya Inoue and Carl Frampton.
An extremely popular figure, Donaire is loved and respected around the world, and will now look to add to his already-earned Hall of Fame legacy by joining forces with Probellum, and continuing his long-time relationship with Probellum President Richard Schaefer.
Probellum’s number one goal is to empower fighters and galvanize a global fanbase, while promoting the best and biggest fights to boxing fans around the world, with Donaire’s arrival helping to achieve that.
His signing sees him follow in the footsteps of other elite names to team up with Probellum, including Regis Prograis, Badou Jack, Eimantas Stanionis, Arthur Biyarslanov, Taras Shelestyuk, Ricky Burns, Eduardo Hernandez and Brandon Moore.
Probellum has also secured co-promotional agreements with some of the biggest promoters in the sport, such as Wasserman Boxing, Universum in Germany, Maravillabox Promotions in Spain, LNK Boxing in Latvia, Glozier Boxing in New Zealand, Shuan Boxing Promotions in the Dominican Republic, Team Ellis Boxing in Australia, Armin Tan Promotions in Indonesia, and Box Office Sports in Ghana.
“Richard Schaefer has always been a “’fighter’s first’ promoter,” said Nonito Donaire. “I am convinced that with his vision, leadership skills and passion for the fighters he will elevate the sport and most importantly continue to empower fighters. I am proud to be part of Team Probellum and continue my relationship and friendship with Richard.”
“In my past 14 years in active boxing, I have never known a person like Richard,” said Nonito’s manager and wife Rachel Donaire. “For 20 years he has made his name as the one who stood by the fighters.
“Every person I have spoken to who had worked with Richard had the utmost respect and admiration for his passion for the fighters. When we made the shift to work with Richard, it couldn’t be more true that he was a man of his word; fighters come FIRST.
“Richard is a man I would follow into the fire as his knowledge, experience and compassion to fighters is unrivalled. Congratulations to Richard and his team on Probellum. I couldn’t be more happy to continue this next journey with Richard in our corner.”
“Nonito and Rachel Donaire are not just the best husband and wife or fighter and trainer team in boxing today but most certainly in the history of the sport,” said Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum.
“Nonito is one of the GREATEST fighters in boxing. A future Hall of Famer and four-division and nine-time world champion, but it is not just his talent in the ring but his personality, charisma and values outside of the ring which make him the champion and role model he is.
“I am fortunate to call him my friend. It is a pleasure and an honor for me to have him join Probellum and I can’t wait to help him unify the bantamweight division and conquer many more world titles.”
News on when Donaire will have his first fight after signing with Probellum will be announced in the near future.
Richard Schaefer Hails Phenomenal Reaction To Probellum Launch
Probellum President Richard Schaefer has released an update discussing the phenomenal reaction the promotion has received – following its launch earlier this month.
Since it was officially announced just under two weeks ago, Probellum has already taken the boxing world by storm, forming ground-breaking partnerships with some of the biggest forces in the sport.
They have also unveiled their innovative strategy, which includes working with promoters around the world, providing support for grassroots boxing on a global level, and growing a digital platform which will serve millions of fans.
To date, Probellum has announced co-promotional deals with major boxing companies such as LNK Boxing in Latvia, Team Ellis Boxing in Australia and Box Office Sports in Ghana, along with revealing several of their talent line-up, including Ali Drew, Paul Smith, and Fight Disciples.
There has been an extremely positive reaction to the launch, with supporters of boxing excited at the prospect of having their passion for the sport truly appreciated, and Schaefer promises there will be more good news in the near future.
“There has been a phenomenal reaction since we launched earlier this month, and this is only the beginning,” said Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum. “We are excited about what is to come, and boxing fans around the world should be excited too.
“We have been working away behind the scenes for a long time in order to try and secure the most strategic partnerships possible, along with finding the athletes that show the most promise. We have been able to acquire the best that the world has to offer, and we can’t wait to reveal to fans what we have in store.
“I have been involved in boxing for over 20 years, and I can safely say that Probellum is the most ambitious and determined promotion that I have ever seen. The all-star team that has been assembled features some of the best minds in the sport, and I have no doubt that by all working together, we can achieve big things in the sport.
“Boxing is truly the greatest sport in the world, featuring the toughest warriors on the planet who put everything all on the line. With our athlete-first approach here at Probellum, we are going to ensure that they receive the backing they deserve.
“There are going to be over 100 announcements in the coming days and weeks, so everybody should stay tuned and get ready as we prepare to announce everything we’ve been up to.”
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