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Donaire, Rigondeaux share Dec. 15?

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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.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told RingTV.com during a recent interview that he had expected to announce a clash between Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts) and Arce (61-6-2, 42 KOs) as early as Tuesday.

“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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