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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:54 pm 
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Dan Rafael of espn.com is reporting that Nonito Donaire gave up his IBF Jr. Featherweight bout before his Saturday but with Toshiaki Nishioka.

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Better than pay sanctioning fee. the people know who is the real champ ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:14 am 
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Champ gives up IBF belt
By Abac Cordero

MANILA, Philippines - For good reason, Nonito Donaire Jr. relinquished his IBF superbantamweight crown hours before he fought Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka yesterday in Carson, California.

Donaire was too good for Noshiaki who went down once in the sixth and again for good with a minute left in the ninth after taking a short right straight from the Filipino champion.

When Donaire left the packed Home Depot Center, what he had over his shoulder were the WBO and Ring Magazine’s 122 lb championship belts.

Donaire’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, told ESPN.com they skipped the IBF’s weight check because they had no plans of defending the said title anyway.

Dunkin said it would have cost Donaire $40,000 in sanctioning fees, and that the IBF was all set to notify the boxer of a mandatory defense by the end of the year.

After knocking out Nishioka, the 29-year-old Donaire made it clear he’d be taking a breather. He already fought three times this year, in February and July prior to this one.

Donaire would have been mandated to fight the winner of the Oct. 27 fight between South Africa’s Takalani Ndlovu and Mexico’s Alejandro Lopez by the end of the year.

“So my recommendation was save the money instead of paying it and being stripped later when he wound up not fighting the (Ndlovu-Lopez) winner,” Dunkin told ESPN.com.

Therefore, the IBF belt, which Donaire won over Jeffrey Mathebula last July, was no longer at stake by the time the hard-hitting Donaire climbed the ring against Nishioka.

After the fight, Top Rank chief Bob Arum said the plan is to keep Donaire busy.

“We have a lot of guys out there,” said Arum who must be referring to WBC super-bantamweight champ Abner Mares of Mexico or WBA titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba.

“We don’t believe in two fights a year. He’s gonna fight as many as he can because he’s a big attraction and he loves to fight and that’s what we’re gonna do,” Arum in the post-fight interview.

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