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Nonito Donaire Signs With Top Rank, Faces Navarro

By Mark Vester

Following a not so quiet split from promoter Gary Shaw, IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire has found a new home under the banner of Bob Arum's Top Rank. Donaire (19-1, 12 KOs) stopped Vic Darchinyan in five-rounds to capture the title in one of the biggest upsets of 2007.

Donaire split from Shaw after what the fighter claims was Shaw's inability to get him fights. Donaire will defend the title for the first time under the Top Rank banner on the July 26 undercard to Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito in Las Vegas. The Top Rank deal guarantees Donaire at least three fights per year.

Arum hopes to bring him back in the fall for another bout and eventually match him in the fall against likes of Fernando Montiel and Jorge Arce. Most expected Donaire to land at Top Rank, the home of the most popular Filipino fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao.

“I’m a very ambitious person,” Donaire said. “I’m never the kind who’s going to be satisfied with anything. I want to fight the best out there. Bring them, whoever they are. I’m not backing out on anyone Mr. Arum wants to put in front of me.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WarriaArawak on 06-27-2008

oh yeah, and Shaw was mad at Donaire b/c he KO'd Vic D., and Shaw's still trying to go with Vic! What a loser-to try to bury talent like that...

Comment by WarriaArawak on 06-27-2008

Donaire is becoming a better boxer with each fight, and while he throws alot of punches, he also knows how to time the harder ones! So you might find the 3rd or 5th punch in a combo is the actual…

Comment by wengz2002 on 06-27-2008

Good tune-up for Donaire~ This should not be a Title Defense~ It should be fought at SuperFly~ so Nonito will test skills & power at this weight! :boxing: Navarro is the gate keepper at 115lbs~ Lost to Kawashima, Kirilov, Mijares…

Comment by The Monk on 06-27-2008

Good move from Nonito. I felt Shaw was harming his career and not showing anywhere near enough attention to one of the most talented boxers around. Top rank will definately do a better job in getting Nonito the big fights…

Comment by cool-jupiter on 06-27-2008

Donaire's opponent is still unknown according to boxrec. Even so, I'm pretty sure it's going to be Jose Navarro, who showed good performance against Kawashima, then WBC super flyweight champ at the time. I know a lot of people even…

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