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article imageVacant WBO featherweight title at stake for Donaire-Juarez bout

By Leo Reyes     Dec 9, 2015 in Sports
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has declared its junior featherweight title vacant after titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux withdrew his appeal following the sanctioning body's decision to strip him of the title for inactivity.
Rigondeaux's decision to withdraw his appeal paved the way for the sanctioning body to put the junior featherweight belt at stake for the Nonito Donaire-Cesar Juarez fight on Friday at the Roberto Clemente Colesium, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Donaire, along with Top Rank Promotions stablemate Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico, are the main attractions in the weekend boxing event.
The four-weight world champion was poised to face WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Scott Quigg of England but negotiations between Donaire's promoter Bob Arum and Quigg's promoter failed to gain traction.
Donaire is recovering from his devastating loss to Nicholas Walters of Jamaica last year via TKO in the sixth round at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, where he lost his WBA Super featherweight title.
Since his loss to Walters, Donaire has fought twice, winning via TKO in both fights. The first was against William Prado of Brazil which ended in a TKO in round 2. It was followed by another TKO win, also in round 2 against Anthony Settoul of France.
Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) has not figured in a major title fight but his win against Juan Carlos Sanchez in July placed him as the WBO’s No. 1 contender in the 122 pound limit.
The 24-year-old Mexican from Distrito Federal is coming off four straight wins following his loss to Hugo Partida in February 2013.
In the co-featured event, Verdejo, who is unbeaten in 18 professional fights, will face Josenilson Dos Santos for the For WBO Latino Lightweight title.
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