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Donaire sets comeback

Nonito Donaire, Jr. will end a 10-month layoff to take on dangerous Mexican Ruben Garcia in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC silver featherweight title in San Antonio, Texas, on Sept. 23.

Donaire, 34, has been training in Tokyo for over a month while his wife Rachel and their two children stayed in Manila. He returns here tomorrow morning then flies out with his family to Los Angeles that night on the way home to Las Vegas to resume his training. Donaire will leave for San Antonio on Sept. 16.

Texas has hosted three of Donaire’s biggest wins over Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. in San Antonio and Jorge Arce in Houston, both in 2012 and Vic Darchinyan in Corpus Christi in 2013. The coming bout will be Donaire’s first since signing a multi-fight promotional contract with Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar Sports last July. Early this year, Donaire and his former promoter Top Rank parted ways amicably with a month left in their deal.

“I think Nonito is one of those can’t-miss fighters who always know how to entertain the crowd,” said Schaefer, formerly CEO of Golden Boy. “He’s one of those guys who are never in a bad fight. I’m very excited to get involved with him at this point of his career. I think there are some big fights ahead for him.”

Donaire said he’s looking forward to another title shot. He hasn’t seen action since losing the WBO superbantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno on points in Las Vegas last November. Donaire has held the IBF flyweight, interim WBA superflyweight, WBC/WBO bantamweight, WBO/IBF/WBA/WBC silver superbantamweight and WBA featherweight titles. Magdaleno has refused to give Donaire a rematch even as he promised a return engagement right after their fight.

Author: Joaquin Henson, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/30/1734120/donaire-sets-comeback

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