Top Rank's return to Macau on July 18 will be a fairly star-studded event, as former four-division champion Nonito Donaire will make his return, as we previously mentioned, along with former flyweight and junior flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria, and a lightweight title bout between Mickey Bey and Denis Shafikov.
Bey-Shafikov had been previously slated for an April 30 date promoted by Mayweather Promotions in Las Vegas, but Top Rank and Mayweather could not come to an agreement, and the fight was postponed. A deal has now been reached, and Bey (21-1-1, 10 KO) will make the first defense of the title he controversially won from MIguel Vazquez last September.
Shafikov (35-1-1, 19 KO) fell short in a previous challenge for the IBF belt, losing to Vazquez in Macau on February 22, 2014.
Donaire (34-3, 22 KO) is looking to reestablish himself in the 122-pound ranks, after coming back down from a tumultuous three-fight stint at featherweight, where he struggled to beat Vic Darchinyan, got a title in a somewhat sketchy technical decision win over Simpiwe Vetyeka, and then was smashed by Nicholas Walters. He last fought on March 28 in the Philippines, beating William Prado. Donaire, 32, was said to have struggled to make the weight that time, but he did manage it.
Viloria (35-4, 21 KO) has won three straight, his last two by knockout, since dropping his WBA and WBO flyweight belts to Juan Francisco Estrada in April 2013, which also took place in Macau. The 34-year-old "Hawaiian Punch" does not yet have an opponent, nor does Donaire.