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Nonito Donaire Likely to Land on July 21 HBO Card

Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs) had long been tipped to appear on the July 14 card from Cowboys Stadium, featuring Juan Manuel Marquez as the headlining attraction, but those plans have changed, according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum. Donaire is now likely to return a week later, July 21, as a headliner of an HBO card, which Arum hopes to finalize next week in New York during a meeting with the network’s brass. The change is possibly related to the fact that Arum, now, has plans to make the July 14 card a PPV card, rather than one televised as part of HBO’s regular service.

The man who will get the nod of foe has not been determined; Donaire’s opponent, for his defense of the WBO Super Bantamweight belt,  will be either Christian Mijares (44-6-2, 20 KOs), the man long presumed to be the frontrunner for the fight, or IBF titlist Jeffery Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs), of South Africa.

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