As reported on Friday, it looks like Nonito Donaire has an opponent for his third fight of 2015.
The Manila Times spoke to "The Filipino Flash's" father and trainer, Nonito Sr., who stated that the former multi-division champion will face Mexico's Cesar Juarez in Puerto Rico on December 11th. The original plant o pit Donaire against WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Scott Quigg fell apart when the latter did not agree to the offer.
While Juarez (17-3, 13 KO) presents a less appealing matchup than Quigg, the 23-year-old Mexican is at least a credible opponent and a massive step up from the likes of William Prado and Anthony Settoul, whom Donaire (35-3, 23 KO) summarily thrashed following his knockout loss to Nicholas Walters. He earned the biggest win of his career three months ago, a unanimous decision over former IBF Super Flyweight Champ Juan Carlos Sanchez.
Donaire's now 32 and hasn't had a great performance against quality opposition since perhaps his 2012 blowout of Toshiaki Nishioka. Even if he wins here impressively, is he still a factor at 122?