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Donaire-Arce: Arum Hopes To Finalize in a Few Days

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is working on finalizing a deal for Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire to defend his WBO super bantamweight/junior featherweight title against Mexican warrior Jorge Arce in Mexico on December 15.

Arum told the BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard "we are working on it. Hopefully we'll be able to work things out by Wednesday or Thursday."

Donaire who is coming off an impressive 9th round TKO win over Japanese southpaw and WBC champion emeritus Toshiaki Nishioka said last Saturday that his doctors told him he would need to rest his injured left hand for one month before he could work the punch-mitts or the heavy bag.

However, Donaire said he could concentrate on his strength and conditioning regimen while his left hand heals after it split open in the second round of the Nishioka fight and caused terrible pain even as it continued to bleed and was forced to use his right hand to knock out Nishioka in the 9th round after dropping the Japanese with an uppercut in the sixth..

The hand injury needed eight stitches.

Arce had earlier backed out of a planned fight with Donaire, reportedly demanding a purse of $1 million which would have been more than the purse of the four-division champion Donaire.

While Donaire has said he is ready to go to Mexico to fight Arce - it is likely to happen only if the champion gets his just due in financial terms.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by garfios on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=ny123;12631508]I think the fight will happen sometime next year as long as both guys keep on winning. I dont think it's debatable that Arce is more well known and sells more tickets than Rigo. Like I said before I prefer…

Comment by ny123 on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=garfios;12631146]What am saying is that he is afraid of losing his status and the money that come with it, which in his case is not Pacquio, Cotto or Floyd money by any means, is just that Rigondeaux is the one…

Comment by garfios on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=ny123;12631092]No he wont. You obviously are bias....Do u really belive Donaire is in fear of Rigo lol?[/QUOTE] If you call me bias because I want to c the fighters I like fighting the best fighters then I guess I'm and…

Comment by garfios on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=ny123;12631092]No he wont. You obviously are bias....Do u really belive Donaire is in fear of Rigo lol?[/QUOTE] What am saying is that he is afraid of losing his status and the money that come with it, which in his case…

Comment by ny123 on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=garfios;12630937]First Nonito ain't Floyd and second he will make more money with GR than with Arce, that you can be sure of it, that high risk low reward crap is BS, the draw will get pay no matter what the…

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