This move was pretty much anticipated, but yesterday made official when the WBO announced that they would sanction the Donaire-Juarez fight to be for their now vacant 122lb world title. That title had previously been held by Guillermo Rigondeaux -- with the WBO ultimately stripping him of the belt due to his inactivity. The WBO allowed Rigondeaux to file an appeal of their decision with the sanctioning body, one that Rigondeaux made, but just recently withdrew as it became clear that he was likely to lose.
Now, Donaire will have a chance to win back the world title he lost a couple of years ago -- without having to face the man that schooled him in the ring. Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs) and Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) will collide at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico this Friday night, on a truTV card that will also feature the return of Puerto Rican super prospect Felix Verdejo.