Unified WBO and IBF bantamweight titleholder Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire and former WBO bantamweight champion Jorge "El Travieso" Arce are looking forward to a lucrative fight in October.
Bob Arum, whose Top Rank Promotions handles Donaire, has just confirmed a possible clash between the two bantamweight kings.
Cameron Dunkin, who manages Donaire's boxing career, said he knew Donaire's victory over Jeffrey Mathebula Saturday will lead to a collision with Arce.
“It’s Arce either in October or November. We are committed to fight Arce, we have an agreement, verbal agreement, to fight Arce.” Dunkin said via Marc Anthony Reyes of the Phillipine Daily Inquirer.
“We are also in verbal agreement to fight another guy and then we start looking at (WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux,” Dunkin added.
Dunkin could be referring to Toshiaki Nishioka, who Arum mentioned as Donaire's next opponent after he gets past Arce in October. Arum also mentioned Abner Mares, who's fighting under the umbrella of Golden Boy Promotions.
Donaire is looking forward to his first million-dollar purse under Top Rank. In his quite impressive victory over Mathebula Saturday night, he was reported to have pocketed $750,000 as his guaranteed purse according to Leo Reyes of the Digital Journal.
Donaire knocked down Mathebula in the fourth round, but luckily, the South African champion was saved by the bell.
After the knockdown, Mathebula quickly recovered and engaged Donaire with few successful hits. The lanky South African refused to go toe-to-toe with Donaire throughout the fight, opting instead to fight from the outside using his reach and height advantages.
With the win last Saturday, Donaire seems ripe for a pay-per-view market debut, but, according to Marc Anthony Reyes of the Phillipine Daily Inquirer, Arum said he won't be in it until early next year, possibly against Rigondeaux.
Arum said HBO is not sure yet if the public will to buy PPV subscriptions in the lower divisions particularly in the bantamweight level.
The veteran 32-year-old Arce, who hails from Mexico, has 68 professional fights to his credit, winning 60 and losing six with two draws. He's the second fighter from Mexico has won world titles in four weight divisions.
Arce is an orthodox fighter and stands 5'4" or at least three inches shorter than Donaire's height which is 5'7".
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