Jason Moloney Vs. Nonito Donaire Confirmed For Vacant Bantamweight Championship
Both Moloney and Donaire were defeated by Naoya Inoue in their quests to become champions.
A match between Jason Moloney (25-2, 19 KOs) and Nonito Donaire is finally on the WBC’s radar.
According to the reports from BoxingScene.com, the hierarchy has ordered a vacant bantamweight championship between the two superstars.
The fight was confirmed during the weekend. However, WBC have given both the parties until February 17 to reach terms and avoid a purse bid hearing.
Moloney currently fights under Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Company’s vice president Carl Moretti told his team to be confident in negotiations for the former two-time title challenger.
The WBC has also announced that the fight between Moloney and Donaire will take place once Naoya Inoue (24-0, 21KOs) officially surrenders his belts; he already announced that he is vacating them to move up in weight. The unbeaten three-time champion has been the most successful fighter in the last fifty years and the first Asian to be an undisputed champion at any weight.
Inoue achieved this goal after an eleventh-round knockout of England’s Paul Butler on December 13 in Tokyo. Eventually, the Japanese boxer successfully defended his lineal, WBA and WBC titles. Moreover, he captured Butler’s WBO title in the process.
Moloney and Donaire are the top two WBC contenders according to the sanctioning body’s convention. It was agreed that their upcoming fight would have a 50-50 split if there is a situation of a purse bid hearing.