Four-division world champion Nonito Donaire is joining hands with the highly-respected Richard Schaefer in charting the remainder of the Filipino-American boxer’s Hall of Fame career.
The promotional contract involving Donaire and Schaefer, who heads newly-established Probellum, was formally announced yesterday.
“Richard Schaefer has always been a ‘fighter’s first promoter,’” said Donaire, the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight champion and also winner of world titles at flyweight, super-bantam and feather.
“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.”
Schaefer first made a name for himself when he ran the affairs of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions as its Chief Executive Officer for close to 15 years starting in the 2000s.
Nonito’s wife Rachel, who also serves as his manager, was raving about the pact with Probellum.
“In my past 14 years in active boxing, I have never known a person like Richard,” Rachel said.
“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 the fighters.”
Schaefer also had kind words for the Donaires.
“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 Schaefer, who vows to steer Donaire to more titles and accolades.
Donaire is the flagship talent so far for Probellum, which, in recent days, has revealed major recruitment of promising stars including the vastly-talented Eimantas Stanionis, who trains out of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
Donaire crowned himself as WBC 118-lb king last May when he knocked out Frenchman Nordine Oubaali.
Pushing 39, Donaire holds a solid 41-6 record with 27 knockouts.
The official announcement of his next fight — the first defense of the WBC crown — is forthcoming, according to Probellum.
It has been reported that Donaire will make a mandatory defense against fellow Filipino Reymart Gaballo, who is training in Miami, on 11 December.
Probellum has been very aggressive in expanding its reach as it has forged tie-ups with promotional outfits in Europe, Asia-Oceania and Africa.