Fight Updates: Donaire-Settoul; Beltran-Soto; Nietes-Rodriguez Jr

Phil Jay 26/05/2015

Filipino star Nonito Donaire will aim to continue his path to a world title shot at 122lbs when facing Frenchman Anthony Settoul over ten rounds in Macau, China on July 18.

The 32 year-old is back to winning ways following his disappointing loss to Nicholas Walters in October and returns to the Cotai Arena for the second time after defeating Simpiwe Vetyeka at the same venue a year ago.

Opponent Settoul, 28, is a former French and European champion, but on paper shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to Donaire as the ‘Filipino Flash’ heads towards clashes with the likes of Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz later this year.

Two weeks prior on July 4, compatriot Donnie Nietes is set to defend his WBO light flyweight title for the seventh time when the 33 year-old battles tough Mexican Francisco Rodriguez Jr in Cebu Bity. Nietes has lost just one in a 40-bout career and may well be ready to move up to flyweight with a victory over Rodriguez next month.

On June 27 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Ray Beltran will attempt to put his devastating weight problems against Takahiro Ao behind him when the Mexican-American moves up to super lightweight.

Beltran, 33, failed to make the 135lb limit by a solitary pound on May 1 in his WBO lightweight title clash with Ao, and after subsequently knocking out the Japanese fighter in two rounds, missed out on fulfilling his world championship dream for a third time.

The Sinaloa-born slugger had previously drawn with Ricky Burns in Scotland when it looked as though he should have been awarded the decision before Terence Crawford proved too much in a meeting last November for the same belt.

Beltran now meets three-weight world title holder Humberto Soto.