Nonito Donaire's next fight may or may not be for world title

Milan Ordoņez on Dec 08, 2015 12:45 PM
Donaire's next fight may may or may not be for world title
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In late October, the WBO decided to strip champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of the organization’s super-bantamweight world title, due to inactivity.

It was the same title the Cuban boxer won against Nonito Donaire in 2013, where they fought to a twelve-round decision. After the WBO’s decision to take away Rigondeaux’s title, it has been agreed upon that it will then be on the line when Donaire meets Mexican Cesar Juarez on December 11th in Puerto Rico.

But apparently, nothing has been made final yet. 

According to a report by Jake Donovan of, Top Rank Promotions remains unsure about the situation, noting that they are still waiting for further notice from the WBO. 

“We expect an announcement in the coming days,” said Top Rank’ VP for Operations Carl Moretti. “It will come before the weigh-in and before the fight – they will know by that time for sure, whether or not they’re fighting for a world title.”

Donaire has been on the grind since the fight was announced, and even put in more hard work upon finding out that it would be his first world title fight since his disappointing knock out loss to Nicholas Walters in October of last year. “The Filipino Flash” has been training twice a day, under the tutelage of his father Nonito “Dodong” Sr. 


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