Donaire-Lopez fight in trouble

Posted at 01/15/2009 8:09 PM

IBF/IBO flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire fight for the vacant super flyweight title against Puerto Rico’s Jose “Carita” Lopez is in jeopardy. 

This is because Lopez would have another opponent: No.1 ranked Pramuansak Posuwan of Thailand.

WBO Asia-Pacific chairman Leon Panoncillo told www.insidesports.ph that he had spoken to the promoters of the Lopez title fight against the Thai is on. 

Earlier reports said Donaire is facing Posuwan for the title being relinquished by reigning champion Fernando Montiel who is having trouble making the weight.

Panoncillo said the promoters, Puerto Rico Best Boxing, told him Posuwan and Lopez “had signed the fight contracts” and there was no backing off contrary to claims by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.

Donaire has decided to train in the Philippines in Baguio City under WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa, to begin the hard grind in preparation for their upcoming fights. 

Donaire said his manager Cameron Dunkin had called and assured him that his fight at the Araneta Coliseum on March 15 would take place and that he would fight either Lopez or Posuwan. 

But given the statements of the promoters of the Lopez-Posuwan title fight as well as Panoncillo, a Donaire fight against either the No.1 or No. 2 contenders is not likely to happen. 

Negotiations for Peñalosa-JuanMa fight almost done

While Donaire’s fight against Lopez was in apparent jeopardy, Peñalosa’s planned showdown with WBO super bantamweight sensation Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez is almost done according to the Filipino’s manager Bill Keane. 

The fight is set for April 4 in New York. 

Under the scenario laid out by Arum, Montiel would move up to bantamweight and face Peñalosa’s mandatory challenger Erik Morel, the former WBA flyweight champion in an interim title fight. That was one of the reasons why the January 12 purse bid for the Penalosa-Morel mandatory was postponed by the WBO. 

Peñalosa’s fight is also being promoted by Puerto Rico Best Boxing in cooperation with Top Rank. 

Meantime, Cotabato vice governor and boxing promoter/manager Manny Pinol who is promoting a fight card in Cebu on February 21 has been burning the wires in an effort to get a suitable opponent for a tune-up fight of Peñalosa. Pinol’s plan is to have Penalosa headline his card which will be telecast by the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN.  

Donaire, however, revealed that the promoters may not wish to risk Penalosa fighting a tune-up bout because his title fight against Juanma Lopez is regarded as a big fight. 

Donaire said that while Penalosa “wants the tune-up fight he is prepared to forego the fight” if it can’t happen and would concentrate on his training and getting into the best shape of his life for the Lopez title bout.