FORMER multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire is thankful for his sixth-round stoppage loss to Nicholas Walters last year as it helped him re-dedicate himself to the sport.

Donaire relinquished his WBA ‘super’ world featherweight title to the Jamaican and has since moved back down to super-bantamweight.

On Friday he will face Cesar Juarez as he continues his journey to another title shot and is viewing his loss to Walters as a positive step.

“When I was down on the canvas in the Walters fight I thought to myself, ‘this is a blessing.’ It was a blessing because I had lost my way, not giving boxing the respect it deserves,” he said.

” I was searching for something. I was unsatisfied. I went home and re-dedicated myself to the sport. I worked harder in the gym. I got out bed early in the mornings and did my running.”

Donaire has held the WBO world title at super-bantam but lost it to Guillermo Rigondeaux and feels he can not afford another loss.

“My opponent is a tough guy and he is hungry like a wolf.  My job is to beat the wolf.  He’s actually ranked higher than me. He is No. 1 and I am No. 2.

“I must win on Friday night.  I am out of setbacks.

“I feel like I am 21 again.  My speed has increased.  I can feel my power is much stronger.  My happiness is back.  I had a great camp. But I know what must be done. I must win.”