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Nonito Donaire Jr. withdraws from Emmanuel Rodriguez combat due to Covid-19

Nonito Donaire Jr. withdraws from Emmanuel Rodriguez combat because of Covid-19

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Covid-19 has struck once more, and Nonito Donaire Jr. is now out of an international title combat.

The 4-division champion has reportedly withdrawn from his December 19 combat in opposition t Emmanuel Rodriguez, which turned into scheduled to headline a Showtime Championship Boxing card are living from the Mohegan solar casino in Uncasville, Conn. The battle, which turned into to be contested for the vacant WBC bantamweight title, has now considered each of the customary opponents withdraw from the bout.

Nordine Oubaali, who has been relegated to “champion in recess,” popularity, become at the beginning speculated to make a mandatory defense towards Donaire, before withdrawing from the fight because of Covid-19, in keeping with a Premier Boxing Champions press unencumber. The Athletic and BoxingScene each mentioned that the reason behind Donaire’s withdrawal turned into a positive check Covid-19.

Neither Rodriguez nor Donaire have fought on the grounds that sustaining losses to Naoya Inoue final year on this planet Boxing super series.

A call to Rachel Donaire, the spouse of Nonito, became not returned by the time of this story’s e-book. A Showtime source says the document “appears to be proper” and that a new leading adventure is being considered for the date.

BoxingScene’s Keith Idec pronounced that Reymart Gaballo (23-0, 20 knockouts) may additionally step in as a substitute to combat the former IBF bantamweight titleholder Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs). A source with Gaballo’s team tells The Ring, “nothing remaining yet” about Gaballo stepping in to take that assignment.

Gaballo, 24, of Polomolok, Philippines is presently scheduled to face Jose Velasquez (28-6-2, 19 KOs) on the cardboard. The Filipino knockout artist is trained through Osmiri “Moro” Fernandez in Miami, Fla.