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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Nonito Donaire News: Juan Manuel Marquez Co-Feature At Cowboys Stadium In The Mix

After clearing up issues surrounding a potential hand fracture, super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is closing in on his next fight. Initial plans had him planning a June 16 fight against an undetermined opponent. That could now be changing to a July 14 co-feature with Juan Manuel Marquez at Cowboys Stadium. Top Rank Boxing is reportedly looking at a possible "Mexico vs. Philippines" theme show.

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.

If this type of show does not pan out, Donaire could end up fighting top super bantamweight Toshiaki Nishioka. There is an agreement in principle for such a fight, but the timing on it remains to be seen. Bad Left Hook also pointed to Guillermo Rigondeaux as a potential opponent if Nishioka and Arce fall through.

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Nonito Donaire Hand Injury Update: Filipino Flash Reportedly Did Not Fracture Hand

San Leandro-based boxer Nonito Donaire suffered a hand injury early in his twelve round split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. Fortunately for Donaire, it sounds like the hand injury is not as serious as post-fight pictures might have indicated. According to Donaire's wife, the Filipino Flash does not have any fractures in his left hand. His left hand appeared to have blood coming out of the wrap after the fight.

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.

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Nonito Donaire Looking At Jorge Arce, Toshiaki Nishioka In Upcoming Fights

Nonito Donaire made his debut at junior featherweight this past Saturday, successfully defeating Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. in a split decision. Donaire will need some time to heal his injured left hand, but he has begun looking at his next opponent once the hand is healed. Immediately after the fight, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum indicated Jorge Arce was the next logical opponent.

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.

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Donaire Vs. Vazquez Jr. Results: What Is Next For Nonito Donaire?

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.

Now that Donaire has his victory at 122 pounds, the question will be who to fight next. CSN Bay Area boxing columnist Ryan Maquiñana mentioned a few possible opponents including WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan, Mexico's Jorge Arce, or possibly Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba. After the fight, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum indicated Donaire's next fight would likely be against Jorge Arce. Donaire's victory Saturday was for a super bantamweight title Arce vacated to moved back down to bantamweight.

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.

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Donaire Vs. Vazquez Jr. Results: Filipino Flash Suffers Ugly Hand Injury In Win [Photo]

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.

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Nonito Donaire Vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.: Donaire Wins Split Decision In Action-Packed Fight

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.

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