Don’t count out Nonito Donaire Jr. just yet.
The Filipino Flash will get another shot at the world title after the World Boxing Council ordered a bout between him and number 1-ranked Jason Moloney for the vacant WBC bantamweight crown, according to Boxingscene.
Naoya Inoue vacated the throne this month, and based on their agreement during the WBC convention last November, the two will dispute for the title should the Japanese superstar relinquish his crown.
The WBC has given the two boxers until February 17 to negotiate and avoid a purse bid hearing.
Moloney fights under the banner of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank, while Donaire is promoted by Richard Schaefer and managed by his wife, Rachel.
The 40-year-old Donaire, the oldest bantamweight to win a world title, lost the WBC crown during a rematch versus Inoue in June last year.
He ranked behind Moloney based on his legendary standing as a former 4-division titlist.
Meantime, former world champion Jerwin Ancajas will fly to the United States to resume training in Las Vegas, his trainer/promoter Joven Jimenez said.
The resumption of training is upon the agreement made with MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons.
The Davao del Norte pride bowed to Argentina’s Fernando Martinez anew by unanimous decision, failing to regain the IBF junior bantamweight title on Saturday in Carson, California.
Martinez defended the crown he took from Ancajas in February by judges’ scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110 in the championship rematch.