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Top Rank waiting for Donaire

By Eric Thomas: WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO’s) still hasn’t said when/if he’ll be fighting again with Top Rank. They are waiting for Donaire to report and start planning for his next. This comes after an arbitrator ruled in favor or Top Rank in their tug of war with Golden Boy Promotions for the services of Donaire. Bob Arum was hoping to get Donaire back in action on May 28th, but that’s obviously not going to happen now.


Donaire had thought that his contract was up with Top Rank. However, because of the time that he missed due to injuries, his contract was extended. Donaire signed a four contract with Golden Boy thinking his contract was up with Top Rank. It wasn’t, as it turns out. Donaire is still hoping to get out of the contract with Top Rank. It remains to be seen whether Donaire will be able to do that.

At some point, he may have to grin and bear it and do the right thing by sticking it out until the contract expires. Donaire hasn’t fought since February when he stopped Fernando Montiel in two rounds. Donaire can’t afford to sit out too long, because he’ll only be hurting himself. He wants to fight Abner Mares, Koki Kameda, Anselmo Moreno and Joseph Agbeko. None of those guys appear to be even close with Donaire in terms of skills. Mares might be the best fight of the bunch, but even that would likely be a mismatch. Donaire should get busy and make short work of these guys and fulfill his contract and then move on, if that’s what he wants to do.


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