Nonito Donaire Looking At Jorge Arce As Next Opponent
San Leandro-based Nonito Donaire emerged victorious in his junior featherweight debut. We break down his split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. following a fairly brutal hand injury. For more boxing coverage, head over to Bad Left Hook.
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Jorge Arce was originally planned as Donaire's next opponent, but Arce is apparently out of the picture until at least the fall. In the name of the "Mexico vs. Philippines" theme, Donaire would potentially defend his WBO super bantamweight title against Victor Terrazas. While Terrazas is not a top contender, he has won seven straight fights, most recently a unanimous decision over Fernando Montiel in a bit of an upset.
Assuming there are in fact no fractures, Donaire will take some time to recover as normal, but then should be back in the ring without any unnecessary delays. He is likely to face Jorge Arce in his next fight and that could very well end up on the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley undercard. Donaire continues to pile up wins and belts and a chance to join this Pacquiao PPV would be another big step forward as he looks to improve his profile in the boxing world.
It now looks like Donaire and Arce will happen as they reportedly have an agreement of sorts in place. According to Donaire's manager Cameron Dunkin, Donaire has an agreement with Arce and a subsequent agreement with Toshiaki Nishioka.
Donaire and Arce would help resolve some lingering issues. Arce actually first defeated Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. for the 122 pound belt. Arce then relinquished the belt and moved back down to 118 pounds while Donaire moved up to face Vazquez a couple fights later for that same 122 pound belt. Now Arce and Donaire can clear things up. If Donaire can get past Arce, he would then face the current top junior featherweight (albeit, not the Ring Champ yet) Toshiaki Nishioka, with Guillermo Rigondeaux possibly on the horizon.
Saturday evening saw the Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire secure the WBO super bantamweight title in a split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. Donaire was making his debut at 122 pounds and added a belt at yet another weight class. He suffered a rough hand injury in the victory, but was able to gut out a 12-round fight in which he landed some bombs on Vazquez.
One of the name fights a lot of people want is Donaire versus featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa. Given Gamboa's dominance and Donaire's only recent move to junior featherweight, it might be a little while before we see even significant talk of Donaire-Gamboa.
San Leando-based Nonito Donaire emerged victorious in his first fight at junior featherweight. Donaire injured his hand in the victory and we provide a shot of his hand after the fight. For more on boxing, head over to Bad Left Hook.
San Leandro-based Nonito Donaire emerged victorious in his junior featherweight debut. We break down his split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. For more boxing coverage, head over to Bad Left Hook.