Former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire will make his featherweight debut in a Nov. 9 rematch with ex-beltholder Vic Darchynian as part of a tripleheader that will include a junior lightweight bout between RING 126-pound champion Mikey Garcia and WBO beltholder Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum informed RingTV.com on Friday.
Arum said that the card will also feature a junior middleweight clash between Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade for the WBO’s vacant belt, and will be held at The American Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
“The boys tell me that Vic Darchinyan against Donaire is done, but that the contracts are still en route. Vanes and Andrade is done, and Martinez and Garcia is being finalized,” said Arum on Friday afternoon.
Donaire (31-2, 20 knockouts) was dethroned as RING 122-pound champion and WBO beltholder in his last fight by Guillermo Rigondeaux, who also holds the WBA title.
Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) has won two straight since losing consecutive unanimous decisions to Anselmo Moreno and Shinsuke Yamanaka, and is coming off a fourth-round stoppage win over Javier Gallo in May.
Darchynian was the unbeaten IBF flyweight titleholder in July of 2007 when Donaire scored a fifth-round knockout against him.
Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) is the WBO’s mandatory challenger to face Martinez (30-1-1, 20 KOs), who is coming off a split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Diego Magdaleno in April, which followed a split draw with Juan Carlos Burgos in January.
A 25-year-old Mexican-American boxer-puncher from Oxnard, Calif., Garcia, 25, is coming off January’s eighth-round technical decision over Orlando Salido, which was followed by June’s fourth-round stoppage of former titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez.
Garcia was overweight prior to his contracted 126-pound bout with Lopez, costing him his WBO belt at the scales.
“It’s a terrific card and a great night of boxing,” said Arum, “and I commend HBO for stepping up to the plate and doing a triple-header with all of these talented fighters.”
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