Donaire and wife expecting first baby

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Widely celebrated "Boxer of the Year" Nonito Donaire is expecting his biggest challenge yet: fatherhood

MANILA, Philippines – Widely celebrated “Boxer of the Year” Nonito Donaire is expecting his biggest challenge yet: fatherhood.

On Monday, January 14, the Filipino-American fighter announced on ABS-CBN’s morning news program, Umagang Kay Ganda, that his wife Rachel, a Military Taekwondo Champion, is pregnant.

Donaire called the surprise his “most coveted title.”

Before coming on the show, Donaire tweeted: “UKG Mon morning talking about my titles and awards for 2012. What title do you think is my most coveted for 2012? 1st to guess gets a tshirt.”

No one appeared to have guessed his announcement however, until his television interview. Upon hearing the news, the 4-division world champion was flooded with congratulatory messages from fans all over the world, which the excited new father retweeted on his timeline.

When Donaire first arrived in the country on December 19 after his win against Jorge Arce, the General Santos City-raised boxer was without his wife, raising speculations that she was pregnant. The two are often spotted together, with Rachel a dominant presence in her husband’s training camps.

Donaire explained his wife’s absence by saying the doctor had asked her to rest, but he skirted questions on whether she was expecting or not.

Donaire, 30, married Rachel in California in 2008. They later had a bigger church wedding in the Philippines on November 11, 2011. 

It will be the couple’s first child together. –

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