Top Rank is apparently working to finalize a deal for an HBO-televised Dec. 15 event featuring IBF and WBO junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire against four-division titlewinner Jorge Arce, and WBA 122-pound beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux opposite Thailand’s former titleholder Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.
“A lot of things have been happening,” said Arum. “The fight’s going to happen and it’s going to happen on Dec. 15.”
According to a report by BoxingScene.com, the card is being considered for the Toyota Center in Houston, and Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs) has agreed to face Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33 KOs), a winner of seven straight bouts, four of them by stoppage, although the bout has not been finalized.
Donaire is coming off a ninth-round stoppage of Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka, whom he dropped twice on Oct. 13. Nishioka had not lost since losing a unanimous decision to long-reigning WBC bantamweight titleholder and Thai legend Veeraphol Sahaprom in March of 2004 — a span of eight years and seven months.
Arce, 33, is coming off a unanimous decision over Mauricio Martinez that was contested in the featherweight division last month.
Rigondeaux, 32, is coming off last month’s HBO Pay Per View-televised unanimous decision victory over Roberto Marroquin, and Kratingdaenggym, 31, last month’s unanimous decision over Danilo Pena.
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