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article imageOp-Ed: Why Donaire should not risk title against Juarez in rematch

By Leo Reyes     Jul 11, 2016 in Sports
More than two months after his first title defense against Zsolt Bedak of Hungary, WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire has yet to hear from promoter Bob Arum about his next fight schedule and who will be his opponent.
Last Saturday, Donaire was seen at the San Mateo Events Center in San Mateo, California where his former foe Cesar Juarez beat Albert Pagara of the Philippines via KO in the eighth round.
After the fight, Juarez called out Donaire for a rematch. The "Filipino Flash" said he has no problem with the rematch against Juarez, but his promoter will have to work it out.
It seems Donaire isn't enthusiastic about the Juarez rematch based on his statement. The truth is Donaire would rather face an opponent who holds a major world title so he can start another unification campaign, as he did before his loss to Nicholas Walters of Jamaica.
In a press conference before the Bedak fight in Manila, Donaire told Digital Journal that he would prefer an opponent who is a world titlist. He was looking at either Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg who were then both world champions.
Frampton and Quigg eventually fought with their titles at stake. Frampton won and Quigg lost his WBA super bantamweight title.
With Quigg losing his title, Donaire was hoping he would have Frampton for his next fight but the Irish fighter decided to move up from the 122 pounds limit to face Leo Santa Cruz for the Super Featherweight title scheduled for July 30 at the Barclays Center in New York.
The situation leaves Donaire with either Guillermo Rigondeaux or Hugo Ruiz who holds the WBA and WBC titles as possible opponents. But Ruiz, the IBF titlist, is set to face Hozumi Hasegawa on Sept. 16 in Osaka, Japan.
Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux
Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux
Donaire's promoter Bob Arum could now be looking at the winner of Rigo-Dickens fight to suit Donaire's wish to win another title fight. Otherwise Donaire will have little choice but to face either Juarez in a rematch or accept the challenge of WBO bantamweight contender Jessie Magdaleno.
Juarez is going to be risky for Donaire's next fight because the now popular Mexican brawler is capable of pulling the upset as he is highly motivated following his victory over Filipino rising star Albert Pagara.
Best option for Donaire is to wait for the winner of the Rigo-Dickens fight on Saturday and let Arum work a deal with either Rigondeaux or Dickens, whoever wins the fight.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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