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WBO title fight looms for Donaire

WITH a title fight against  Scott Quigg unlikely to happen, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire’s  manager Cameron Dunkin is looking at the possibility of a clash for the vacant World Boxing Organization super bantamweight title against No.1-ranked Cesar Juarez of Mexico.

The five-division world champion Donaire is ranked No. 2 and is a former WBO champion.


Dunkin told The New Standard/boxingmirror.com that Juarez is the best alternative, to a fight with Quigg as he claimed the WBO title is going to become vacant.

The current champion is Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Should the clash for the vacant title push through, Dunkin said the fight would most likely take place sometime in December.

Donaire, meantime, continues his strength and conditioning regimen in Las Vegas, while waiting for word on who his next opponent will be and when and where the fight will take place.

His father/trainer Dodong Donaire, who is back in his gym in Oakland, California, said he plans to return to Las Vegas in mid-October to resume training his son.

The 24-year-old Juarez has a record of 17-3, with 13 knockouts and won the WBO International title by beating Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. last July 25, dropping Sanchez once in the 10th round.

However, Juarez lost a majority 12-round decision to Hugo Partida in a clash for the World Boxing Council Interim FECARBOX title on Feb. 2, 2013.

Partida is the same fighter, who lost by a first-round TKO to Filipino Prince Albert Pagara, who dropped Partida three times to score a spectacular victory in a battle for the vacant International Boxing Federation Intercontinental title on June 21, 2014.

Donaire, who is 32 years old, has a record of 35-3 with 23 knockouts and is coming off back-to-back second-round  TKO victories over William Prado of Brazil to win the  NABF title on March 28 and then repeated the performance over France’s Anthony Settoul on July 18.

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