It looks as though things are close to final for a November super bantamweight clash between Scott Quigg and Nonito Donaire, with Donaire looking to return to the big stage and Quigg looking to continue proving that he belongs there.
Quigg, who holds the "regular" or "world" version of the WBA super bantamweight title, is coming off of a career-best win over Kiko Martinez on July 18, stopping the Spaniard in two rounds. Donaire has been out of the loop as far as major exposure, but has won two fights this year, beating William Prado in March and Anthony Settoul in July.
Donaire (35-3, 23 KO) moved back down to the 122-pound ranks after a one-sided loss to Nicholas Walters last October, which opened up plenty of chatter about whether or not Donaire still has it, or even if he's particularly invested in his career anymore. At 32, Donaire is getting up there in age for fighters his size. Not old, but definitely past his prime. Rocky performances against Guillermo Rigondeaux and Walters in defeat, and between those fights in wins over Vic Darchinyan and Simpiwe Vetyeka, cast plenty of doubt about Donaire's ability to compete with top fighters at this stage of his career.
Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KO) has also been subject of a lot of similar talk, in his case that maybe he was a stagnating fighter who had not developed as was previously projected. Often fighting overmatched opponents, Quigg's career didn't come to a stop at any point, but it seemed to be lagging, particularly in comparison to Carl Frampton. But Quigg's win over Martinez was a statement.
This fight may not happen, but it's a good one for both guys if it does. Donaire could badly use a win over someone like Quigg, and even if Quigg were beating a somewhat defanged Donaire, it's still better than most wins he could add to his resumé.
If the fight does happen, do you like Quigg or Donaire to emerge victorious?