Nonito Donaire: The Most Wanted Man at Super Bantamweight
WBO super bantam weight champion Nonito Donaire (28-1 18KO's) seems to be the most sought out fighter in his new division.
Last night, Abner Mares (24-0-1 13KOs) won the vacant WBC super bantamweight title after outpointing former flyweight champion Eric Morel (46-3 23KOs) in a fight were the veteran refused to give in. The fight was held at a catch weight of 12 pounds and was for the title vacated by Toshiaki Nishioka, who chose to vacate due to him not defending his belt in a 6 month time period.
Also on last night's card was WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno, who easily defeated challenger David De La Mora in 9 rounds. After his victory, he stated in his post fight interview that he'd like to face Nonito Donaire if possible. When asked if Mares and Donaire moving up was a plan to avoid him, he replied in a classy fashion saying he didn't know and can't really say.
It seems right now, Donaire is what's hot in the lower weight classes. Everybody seems to want a piece of him and his spot on the pound-for-pound list. Arce has be itching for a fight with Donaire for some time now, Rigondeux has been calling out Donaire as well. Nishioka even seems content with saving his final fight and a year layoff so that he can be ready for a battle with Donaire.
Mares seems to be chasing Donaire up to 122 as well, he weighed in below the 122 weight limit and I personally feel he could still make 118 if he wanted to. Moreno will probably move up to 122 soon as all the money fight and challenges sit one weight class above him.
There were talks of two possible opponents who're leading the race right now. IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffery Mathebula (26-3-2 14KO) and former super flyweight champion Christian Mijares (45-6-2 21KOs). Mathebula could lead to a unification bout, Mijares seems to be the front runner for a shot at Donaire in July.
Who should Donaire fight next?
Mijares seems to be the most likely opponent as Arum as been speaking highly of him lately and talks of them fighting has been in place for quite some time. Mathebula was recently announced as a possible opponent, but probably only to keep options open and keep the possibility of a unification open.
Whoever Donaire faces in July, he'll have a supply of talented opposition to choose for his next bout. Such fighters include:
Anselmo Moreno - 33-1-1 12KOs
Abner Mares - 24-0-1 13KOs
Toshiaki Nishioka - 39-4-3 24KOs
Guillermo Rigondeaux - 9-0 7KOs
Jorge Arce - 60-6-3 46Kos
If he fights anybody other than somebody from this list of fighters, it'll be disappointing as the best available opponents are standing by, waiting for their call.
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