Donaire-Juarez clash officially elevated to world title fight status
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 10, 2015 04:31 PM
Photo credit: Dyan Castillejo
The scheduled December 11th showdown between Nonito Donaire and Cesar Juarez will officially be for the WBO world super-bantamweight title.
According to a report by Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News, WBO president Paco Valcarcel made the official announcement on Wednesday (Thursday, PHT) during the pre-fight press conference in Puerto Rico that the upcoming fight has been elevated to a world title fight status.
Cuban boxing superstar Guillermo Rigondeaux held the aformentioned title in 2013, since winning it from Donaire via unanimous decision. However, he was stripped of the belt due to inactivity.
Donaire has been grinding it out in training for the past few weeks, and declared that he is in top fighting form already. So much so that in his mind, he had already gotten his old title back.
“I believe I am the 122-pound champion,” Donaire said.
“The Filipino Flash” (35-3, with 23 wins by knockout) last fought a world-title fight in October 2014 against Jamaican Nicholas Walters with the WBA super featherweight title on the line.
Unfortunately for him, he lost the fight via sixth round knockout, the first stoppage defeat of his 14-year career.
Donaire vs. Juarez will air on December 13, Sunday at 10 am on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 10 pm on ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23.