Monday, July 2, 2012

Donaire vs. Mathebula: Featherweight division on the rise

Saturday, July 7th, Nonito Donaire (28-1) will face off against Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3), in defense of his WBO junior featherweight title. The bout will be televised on HBO and should provide Donaire with the opportunity to gain momentum within the junior featherweight division.

Donaire's promotional team, Top Rank Promotions, has a lot invested in the success of Donaire and will be looking to set him up for mega fights against the likes of Abner Mares, Orlando Solido, Juan Manuel Lopez, and Yuriorkis Gamboa.

However, Donaire must continue to put together impressive victories in order to get the significant payday opportunities that he is seeking. Donaire has stated that he feels he is a pay-per-view fighter and in order to create such a demand Donaire must look incredibly impressive as it is difficult to create such a demand within the lower weight classes.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Donaire vs Mathebula Undercard: Kelly Pavlik vs Will Rosinsky Slated to Be New HBO Co-Feature

Former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik has three fights under his belt in his new campaign at super middleweight, two of those coming this year with new trainer Robert Garcia, and now it looks like the Ohio native will be taking a solid step back up in competition with a potential fight against Will Rosinsky on July 7.

Last night, Brandon Rios pulled out of his bout with Mauricio Herrera, which was lined up as the HBO co-feature that night from Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with Nonito Donaire and Jeffrey Mathebula headlining the show in a 122-pound title unification.

With Rios out, the show needed a new second TV fight, and Vanes Martirosyan vs Ryan Davis just wasn't going to cut it. So Pavlik and Rosinsky, who have both fought in the last week, are now targeted for the slot, with the fight "close" to being signed.

Source: BadleftHook

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nonito Donaire vs. Jeffry Mathebula and Brandon Rios vs. TBA on June 30th, WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KO’s) won’t be facing Cristian Mijares on July 14th at the Cowboys stadium after all. Instead, the 29-year-old Donaire will be facing IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffry Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KO’s) on June 30th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22 KO’s) will also be on the card against an opponent still to be determined. The Rios fight will be the first of the card, which sounds about right because it would be more than a little ridiculous to have Rios headlining the card after his controversial 12 round decision win over Richard Abril last April.

Rios put off a lot of people with that win, and really would have been better off in the two judges that gave him the win marked him down as a loser instead. That was a really awful performance from Rios, and I had him losing the fight 9 rounds to 3. Not sure what the judges saw in his performance that made them score the fight for him because I saw him losing the fight by a lopsided decision.