For the past week or so we had been hearing a lot of rumours that multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire (34-3, 22) was set to fight Frenchman Anthony Settoul (20-3, 8) on the July 18th Macau card. Recently that bout has been confirmed, as has Donaire's longer term plan, which is to focus on WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22)
Donaire had the option of fighting in a WBC eliminator with touted Mexican puncher Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31) but chose not to go that route, which would have moved him towards a potential bout with Mexican star Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17). Instead a potential bout with Quigg has apparently excited Donaire.
The bout will draw plenty of criticism, especially given the way fans criticised Santa Cruz for being linked to a bout with Settoul. The Frenchman has had success domestically in France and has also held the European Union title, though is a career Bantamweight who's best wins have come against the likes of Jerome Arnould and Yoan Boyeaux. Of those only Arnould had fought at the top level, being stopped in 7 rounds back in 2007 by Volodymyr Sydorenko, who was himself stopped in 4 rounds by Donaire back in 2010.
On paper Doniare is an attraction for the Filipino fans who are likely to attend the card however this bout really doesn't look very appealing and it's hard to imagine anythign but a comfortable win for Donaire, likely inside the distance.
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