Former four-division world boxing champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. has signed a three-fight, one-year deal with Top Rank to become effective after he faces Mexico’s Cesar Juarez for the vacant WBO superbantamweight title in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday (Saturday morning, Manila time).
Although Donaire isn’t looking beyond Juarez, there is talk that a rematch with Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux is inevitable and could happen sometime next year. They met in 2013 with Rigondeaux surviving a 10th round knockdown to pound out a win by unanimous decision on scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113.
A few weeks ago, Rigondeaux decisioned Filipino Drian Francisco convincingly in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International Silver 122-pound crown in Las Vegas. Two judges had it a shutout, 100-90 and a third saw it 97-93 for the Cuban who was booed for refusing to engage and fighting cautiously. Rigondeaux, 35, was stripped of his WBO title due to inactivity before taking on Francisco and is a WBA champion “in recess.” Francisco took the fight on a week’s notice and was schooled by the slick Cuban. (Read more Click Here)