By Ronnie Nathanielsz
The eagerly awaited title defense of WBO/IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire against Mexican warrior Jorge "Travieso" Arce has been moved to October 13 from the original October 20 date.
However, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that there is no definite word on the venue. Earlier reports mentioned the Home Depot Center in Carson City where Donaire won the IBF title from South Africa's Jeffrey Mathebula and the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas where Donaire won the WBO title in a clash with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr of Puerto Rico.
The change of date was in order not to clash with the battle for the vacant WBO bantamweight title between No. 1 contender AJ “Bazooka” Banal of the famed ALA Gym and No.2 ranked Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand from the big OneSingchai Promotions of Thailand scheduled for July at the Mall of Asia Arena along Roxas Boulevard.
The new date for the Donaire-Arce showdown will enable ABS-CBN to telecast both title fights on Channel 2 on successive Sundays.
Arum said “there is a great match-up on the undercard” of Donaire-Arce featuring undefeated light welterweights Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike Alvarado.
The 26 year old Rios has a record of 30-0-1 with 22 knockouts and is coming off a controversial twelve round split decision win over Richard Abril in a WBA lightweight title bout in which Rios failed to make the weight and lost a chance to win the title while Abril, despite the defeat was allowed to retain his WBA Interim title.
The 32 year old Alvarado has a record of 33-0 with 23 knockouts and won the vacant IBF Latino light welterweight title with a unanimous ten round decision over Gabriel Martinez on July 30, 2011 and retained the title with a 10th round TKO over Breidis Prescott.
Prescott is the Colombian fighter who handed former world champion Amir Khan his first stunning defeat in a 54 second 1st round knockout victory in a clash for the WBO Intercontinental lightweight title on September 6, 2008.