THE world title fight between No. 1 contender Nonito Donaire Jr. and World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight king Nourdine Oubaali has a new date.
The much anticipated fight will be slated on Dec. 12, 2020 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut in a closed-door event aired live on Showtime.
Oubaali was ordered by the WBC last December to fight Donaire Jr. in a mandatory title defense.
TGB Promotions won the purse bid to promote the fight with a US$401,000 winning bid. The fight was supposed to be scheduled in either May or June but it was derailed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Donaire, who’s turning 38 on Nov. 16, 2020, is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) bantamweight tournament finals last Nov. 7, 2019 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Despite the loss, Donaire put up an impressive performance against the most feared bantamweight today.
After losing two of three fights in a span of almost three years, Donaire had a resurgence to his career by winning the World Boxing Association bantamweight Super belt with a fourth round stoppage over Ryan Burnett, who couldn’t continue because of a back injury, in the opening round of the WBSS tournament in 2018. He followed it up with a sixth-round knockout of Stephon Young in the semi-finals the following year.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Oubaali, a former Olympian, rose to prominence with an impressive run in 2019.
He won the WBC bantamweight belt with a unanimous decision over Rau’shee Warren in the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner undercard. He followed it up with two successful title defenses against Filipino Arthur Villanueva and Naoya Inoue’s brother Takuma Inoue.
Donaire is 40-6 with 26 knockouts, while Oubaali is 17-0 with 12 knockouts. (EKA)