With Evgeny Gradovich now facing Oscar Valdez, Nonito Donaire has reportedly set his sights on former Olympian Zsolt Bedak, who has agreed to face "The Filipino Flash" in the latter's native Manila this April. Should the fight go through, it would serve as Donaire's first defense of the then-vacant WBO super bantamweight title he won against Cesar Juarez last month.
Bedak (25-1, 8 KO) was ranked #5 by the organization before Donaire's title victory and should still be around the same place once they release their January update. The Hungarian reached the Round of 16 at Athens in 2004, but has yet to distinguish himself as a pro. In his lone step up, he suffered a knockout loss to WIlfredo Vazquez, Jr. back in 2010, then left the sport for nearly three years. Since then, he's feasted on subpar competition in Hungary, beating nobody of note.
Prior to the war with Juarez, Donaire (36-3, 23 KO) had wiped out the grievously overmatched Anthony Settoul and William Prado in two rounds each in rehab fights following his knockout loss to Nicholas Walters. Bedak is ostensibly a step up from the likes of them, but he's not even a step sideways from Juarez. Though the thirty-three-year-old Donaire has lost some luster, it's still frustrating to see a man of his obvious talents fight opponents well beneath him.