MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said things are still being finalized to forge a rematch between super flyweight Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. and bitter rival Vic Darchinyan on August 7.
Boxing commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz said Arum assigned Top Rank’s vice-president Carl Moretti to work on the negotiations to make the fight a reality.
“Carl Moretti is handling it for us. It's just about done,” said Arum.
Donaire’s co-promoter Gary Shaw has already sent a proposal to Darchinyan’s handler Elias Nassar. However, they have yet to hear from Darchinyan’s camp.
Donaire, who has already started training at the Undefeated Gym in San Carlos, California, has already voiced his concern about the negotiations.
“I haven’t heard anything and it's been quite a while,” he said.
What’s sure is Donaire will have a tune up fight before Darchinyan.
Donaire is the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim world super flyweight champion while the Australia-based Armenian Darchinyan holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) and WBA super fly titles.
Donaire, the Ring Magazine’s 6th top pound-for-pound boxer in the world, shocked Darchinyan with a 5th-round knock out in 2007.
The Filipino Flash is coming off a successful title defense by stopping Manuel “Chango” Vargas last February.
Darchinyan, meanwhile, secured his titles by decision over Mexican Rodrigo Guerrero on March 6.