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Donaire plans on fighting two more times in 2011

Nonito DonaireBy Jason Kim: With his contract issues behind him with Top Rank, WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO’s) says he plans on squeezing in two more fights in 2011, starting in October and then another in December. Donaire will likely fight WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno in October or Koki Kameda.


As for the December fight, Donaire wants to fight on the December 3rd undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito bout. No opponent is picked out, but the winner of the Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko fight would be perfect for that date. Donaire didn’t take part in Showtime’s bantamweight tournament, which is unfortunate because Donaire likely would have won it. With Donaire and Montiel not taking part in the tournament, it took a lot of the air out of it and seemed to make it more of a tourney to pick a challenger to Donaire than a tourney designed to pick an actual champion.

Donaire, 28, hasn’t fought since destroying WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel in a 2nd round TKO in February. The fight was a very important one for Donaire, as it gave him a lot of attention in the boxing world and he finally appeared to be on his way making a name for himself after languishing for four years without any big fights after a win over Vic Darchinyan in 2007.


The contract squabbles with Top Rank messed things up for Donaire, as he’s had to deal that headache hanging over his head for the past five months now. However, Donaire recently resigned with Top Rank, adding another 4 years to his contract.

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