MANILA, Philippines — Nonito Donaire will be able to regain his world champion status.
According to BoxingScene.com, the World Boxing Council has ordered a title fight between Donaire and Australia’s Jason Moloney for the vacant WBC bantamweight belt.
Donaire (42-7, 28KOs) is currently ranked second by the WBC at 118 pounds with Moloney (25-2, 19KOs) No. 1.
They were installed by the WBC as the top two contenders during their convention last November.
According to the report, both camps have been given until February 17 to come to terms and avoid a purse bid hearing.
The WBC strap was recently relinquished. Japan’s Naoya Inoue On January 13, exactly one month after stopping Paul Butler in the 11th round to become the undisputed champion, he captured the crown.
Inoue, who had defeated both Donier — on two occasions — and Moloney During his bantamweight stint, will now campaign at 122 pounds where he also aims to unify all the titles.
Donier, 40, has not fought since. Getting dropped by Inoue In two rounds in their rematch last June where the “Filipino Flash” lost his WBC belt.
Moloney, 32, is on a four-fight winning streak since a knockout loss to Inoue in October 2020.
A win for Donaire, a four-division champion, would mark his fourth title reign at bantamweight.
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