DONAIRE’S NEXT TITLE DEFENSE IN CEBU OR DUBAI

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The sensational crowd of over 23,000 who watched WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire successfully defend his title with a dominating 3rd round TKO over No. 4 ranked former Hungarian Olympian Zsolt Bedak and the huge 25.4 TV ratings on ABS-CBN Channel 2 has attracted the attention of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who had to skip the fight because of a bad back but sent executive producer Brad Jacobs to represent him and saw how ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN combined to present a world class event.

The result is Top Rank wants to continue to relationship in staging Donaire’s next title defense also at the sprawling Cebu Sports Center or in Dubai where ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN have staged highly successful “Pinoy Pride” events in the past at the International Trade Center.

However, if the next title defense of the five division world champion is staged in Dubai it will be at one of the larger venues in the United Arab Emirates.

The two possible opponents are both handled by Top Rank – WBO No. 1 ranked super bantamweight, unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno or undefeated featherweight Oscar Valdez who has a fight lined up for him on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena possibly against WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko which leaves Magdaleno as the possible challenger especially after he told Steve Kim of Boxing Scene “I would love a crack at Donaire next, “who’s record now stands at 22-0(16 KO’s).

Magdaleno said “I’ve been waiting for awhile and now that he (Nonito) has a WBO title, I want it even more.”

Magdaleno’s complemented Donaire as “a great fighter, I feel like he did what he did in boxing already and he put on a great show Friday night (when he beat Cesar Juarez to win the vacant title but I feel like his time is done and it’s time for the new generation to make their mark in the history books and in boxing and feel like that fighter who can do that.”

Magdaleno’s manager Frank Espinoza told BoxingScene.com that he and promoter Bob Arum had spoken about a possible title fight and they both liked the idea saying” I think Jessie is more than ready to step up at this point.”

Both Donaire and Magdaleno are promoted by Top Rank but Arum said that while he is more than willing to make the fight he has one condition that “We have to have a clear understanding and a program that (Jessie) is going to be able to make the 122 limit because his last three or four fights he’s been way over the limit and we can’t tolerate that.”

In his last fight on October 17th Magdaleno came in at 127.5 pounds stopping Filipino Vergel Nebron in one round and Arum insisted “I’m not going ahead with that fight unless I have complete assurances plus a plan, a nutritionist, that he’s going to make the fight.”

But the veteran promoter likes the idea of this match-up saying “I like the fight because it’s a fight that resonates in Las Vegas, both of the guys live in Vegas.” As for when Magdaleno fights again the 24-year old southpaw explained, “It’s in the works, right now.“

www.philboxing.com/news/story-118940.html

Rigondeaux to Donaire: If you want it, come get it in Miami in March 2014

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By Gabriel F. Cordero –

After his win against former world champion Vic Darchinyan on Saturday in Corpus Christi, three-division world champion Nonito Donaire called for a rematch with WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux responded on his Twitter account, saying “I’m the 122lb king @filipinoflash if you want it come get it in Miami in March 2014.” According to a source, if Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) successfully defends his titles against former champ Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs) on December 7 in Atlantic City, his next defense is supposed to take place in the month of March in Miami at the American Airlines Arena during the famous “Carnaval de la Calle 8″ celebrated by the large Cuban community in that city.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/rigondeaux-to-donaire-if-you-want-it-come-get-it-in-miami-in-march-2014-231033

Vazquez Jr. holds a media workout in anticipation to his return to Kissimmee on September 20

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Former WBO super bantamweight champion and son of a legend Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez held an open media workout today at former longtime WBO champion Ivan Calderon’s gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in anticipation of Vazquez’ highly anticipated “Road To Redemption” appearance when he returns home to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida on September 20. Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr., (22-3-1, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will face undefeated prospect Guillermo “Borrego” Avila (13-0, 8 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds for the World Boxing Organization International super bantamweight title.

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Also on the card is Wilfredo Vazquez’ younger son, jr. flyweight Israel “El Heredero” Vazquez (8-0-2, 6 KOs), local prospects Philip Penson, Craig Duncan, Carlos Lacayo, Angel Albelo and the highly anticipated pro debut of Alex “Flash” Roman. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise main event starting at 11:35 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show. Tickets are already on sale from only $20 at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/vazquez-jr-holds-a-media-workout-in-anticipation-to-his-return-to-kissimmee-on-september-20-225692

Rigondeaux vs. Darchinyan is Possible For The Fall

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By Edward Chaykovsky –

According to Gary Hyde, manager of WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8KOs), the Cuban boxer will return in September or October – against former champion Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28KOs). Rigondeaux had a career defining performance in April when beat Nonito Donaire with a twelve round decision in New York City. Darchinyan upset highly regarded prospect Orlando Del Valle last September with a ten round decision. He then signed a promotional contract with Top Rank [who also have Rigondeaux] and returned last month with fourth round stoppage of Javier Gallo in Laredo, Texas.

http://www.boxingscene.com/rigondeaux-vs-darchinyan-possible-fall–66246