The WBO on Wednesday announced it has sanctioned the fight between Nonito Donaire and Cesar Juarez for the organization’s vacant junior featherweight world title.
Donaire, the former titleholder, and Juarez will meet at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday night (truTV, 10 ET/PT) in a fight that initially was scheduled to be for a regional belt. It had been expected, however, to be elevated in stature for the vacant world title.
That is because Guillermo Rigondeaux, who outpointed Donaire in April 2013 to unify two major world titles, was recently stripped of both of his 122-pound belts for inactivity. Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs) and Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) were the two highest-rated fighters in the WBO’s rankings and would have been ordered to meet for the vacant title anyway.