Arum wants Donaire to fight Magdaleno

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Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum said on Thursday that he is negotiating with the camp of undefeated American Jessie Magdaleno for a possible fight against World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. in September.

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Arum said that Donaire (37-3 win-loss record with 24 knockouts) should fight world-class fighters to fortify his status as the best super bantamweight fighter in the world.

Arum believes that Magdaleno (23-0 record with 17 knockouts, is one of the popular fighters in his weight class, would be a good start.

“I’m negotiating a fight between Donaire and Magdaleno,” Arum told The Manila Times in an overseas call. “It is going to be a blockbuster because they are both aggressive fighter. Nonito is a great fighter and he could be a greater fighter if he trains seriously.”

Donaire, 33, successfully defended his belt by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout win against former Olympian Zsolt Bedak of Hungary last month in Cebu.

Arum said that he was impressed with the way Donaire handled his last bout against Bedak.

“The fight against Magdaleno could happen probably in September in Dubai or in Manila,” added Arum. “Magdaleno is a competitive world-class fighter. But if Nonito trains harder than he usually does, he can beat Magdaleno.”

The 24-year-old Magdaleno recently posted a knockout victory against Vergel Nebran in October 17, 2015 and Rey Perez in February 20, 2016. Both bouts were held in Phoenix Arizona.

He announced last week his desire to face The Filipino Flash, “I want to fight Nonito [Donaire],” Magdaleno told Hesiquio Balderas of Fightnews.com. “We as a team know that we have the tools to beat him and I want the WBO title. Look at my record; I’m 23-0 with 17 KOs. Donaire is a great fighter and I respect him, but I’m hungry and I believe that this is my time. That’s why I want to challenge him to fight.”

Donaire’s father and trainer, on the other hand, earlier proclaimed his son’s willingness to fight anyone in the super bantamweight division.

“We are ready to fight anybody in the super bantamweight class,” said Nonito Sr. in a separate interview.

Besides Magdaleno, Donaire also expressed his desire to have a rematch with Guillermo Rigondeaux. Donaire lost to the Cuban boxer via unanimous decision in April 2013, his WBO and World Boxing Association bantamweight belts.

Arum, however, didn’t mention Rigondeaux as Donaire’s possible next opponent.

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