As has been expected for the past couple of weeks, it was made official today that Nonito Donaire will defend the WBO super bantamweight title on April 23 in Quezon City, Philippines, taking on former Hungarian Olympian Zsolt Bedak.
Donaire (36-3, 23 KO) returned to the 122-pound division last year after being stopped by Nicholas Walters in 2014 at featherweight. The 33-year-old "Filipino Flash" beat William Prado in the Philippines in March and Anthony Settoul in Macau in July, before taking a step up in competition in December, when he faced Cesar Juarez in Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO title.
Juarez gave Donaire plenty of trouble in what wound up being a terrific action fight, with Donaire getting the win on the scorecards but having to survive down the stretch.
Bedak (25-1, 8 KO) has a nice paper record as a professional, but the 32-year-old has never really done a whole lot, and isn't a serious contender. His most significant fight came in 2010, when he challenged Wilfredo Vazquez Jr for this same WBO 122-pound belt. Vazquez stopped Bedak in the 10th round. He's won 10 straight fights since then, but against really soft opposition.
As an amateur, he competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, defeating Abner Mares in the round of 32 before losing to Maksym Tretyak of Ukraine. This will be his first fight outside of Hungary since the loss to Vazquez.
A featherweight bout between Filipino prospect Mark Magsayo (12-0, 10 KO) and veteran Chris Avalos (26-4, 19 KO) is also reportedly set for the show.