Lem Satterfield

Has Top Rank Inc. put a bounty on Donaire’s head?

It’s basically a bounty on the head of THE RING’s No. 4 pound-for-pound WBO/WBC bantamweight titleholder Nonito Donaire .

In the wake of what appeared to be a lack of effort by WBO junior bantamweight beltholder Omar Narvaez (35-1-2, 19 KOs), who lost every round on the cards of the three judges scoring his challenge against Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) last Saturday, Top Rank Inc. President Todd duBoef is offering a $100,000 bonus to Donaire’s next opponent to encourage the fighter to compete.

The bonus would be given in addition to the boxers’ contracted purse, which, for Narvaez, was $50,000 in defeat at WaMu Theater inside Madison Square Garden compared to Donaire’s $700,000.

“It’s no bounty at all on his head. I only feel like I got robbed by an opponent who took a lot of money and didn’t fight and then had the audacity to climb the ropes and raise his arms at the end of the bout,” wrote duBoef in an e-mail to RingTV.com.

“I did discuss it with Donaire’s manager [Cameron Dunkin,] who said he and Nonito support it because they were equally frustrated. The Donaire-Top Rank relationship is closer than ever and totally aligned. Navarez let me and the fans down. That Theatre was ready to erupt for a good old prize fight.”

Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum has hinted that either WBO junior featherweight beltholder Jorge Arce (58-6-1, 44 KOs) of Mexico and WBC counterpart Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) of Japan could be next for Donaire.

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) could also be a consideration for Donaire. Arce dethroned Vazquez Jr. in May by 12th-round knockout.


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com



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