Nonito Donaire’s fight with Alexandro Santiago for the vacant WBC bantamweight title has been pushed back two weeks, and will now feature on the Spence vs Crawford pay-per-view undercard on July 29.
It’s not the only change on the pay-per-view undercard, either, as two fights have been scrapped. Viktor Faust pulled out of a fight with Gurgen “Big Gug” Hovhannisyan, while Jesus Ramos Jr withdrew from a scheduled fight against Sergio Garcia.
Garcia is still on the card, and will now open the show against prospect Yoenis Tellez (5-0, 4 KO), a 23-year-old Cuban junior middleweight prospect trained by Ronnie Shields. Tellez had been slated to fight Johan Gonzalez on Aug. 26 in Tacoma, Wash., so he’s getting a big jump up in competition and in profile here.
The 40-year-old Donaire (42-7, 28 KO) will be fighting for the first time since he was stopped in the second round in his rematch with Naoya Inoue 13 months ago in Japan. Santiago (27-3-5, 14 KO), a 27-year-old Mexican contender, has won three in a row following a majority decision loss to Gary Antonio Russell in 2021.
Santiago’s other losses came early in his career, and his draws have included one against Jerwin Ancajas in a 2018 IBF title fight at 115 lbs. Since that Ancajas fight, he’s 11-1.
As for Saturday’s card, Donaire vs Santiago has been replaced by a welterweight battle between Freudis Rojas (10-0, 10 KO) and Diego Sanchez (19-2, 16 KO).
Rojas vs Sanchez will open the show, which still features the Frank Martin vs Artem Harutyunyan main event, plus Elvis Rodriguez vs Viktor Postol.