Nonito Donaire is set to defend his newly-acquired WBO super bantamweight title against little-known Hungarian Zsolt Bedak on home soil, according to reports in his native Philippines.
The bout between Donaire and Bedak is scheduled to take place on April 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City and will represent a fifteenth world title fight for the pound for pound star.
Bedak, 32, has lost just one in 26 contests in his only other world title challenge against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. back in 2010 but has really never mixed in anywhere near the class Donaire has and the outing promises to be a routine defense for the ‘Filipino Flash’ in the spring.
In European title news, and following Michel Soro’s decision to vacate the middleweight title, Matteo Signani and Dmitry Chudinov have been put forward to fight it out for the blue strap.
Purse bids have been called for February 8 where more will be uncovered about where and when the contest will take place.
Finally, is news courtesy of the WBC as undefeated Japanese fighter Shinsuke Yamanaka will defend his WBC bantamweight championship against Liborio Solís (23-3-1, 10 KO) from Venezuela, on March 4th at the Kyoto Arena in Japan.
One of the most important victories that Solis has was against Daiki Kameda. Then, the Venezuelan victor climbed up to bantamweight. Until now he has seven fights in this category and has a title opportunity right in front of him.
The WBC champion has an undefeated record of 24 victories and two draws. In his last fight, Yamanaka earned a split decision victory over Anselmo Moreno.
Yamanaka has defended his belt no less than nine different times.