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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