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Nonito Donaire tests positive for COVID-19, out of December 19 world title fight


Former four-division champion Nonito Donaire withdrew from his vacant WBC world bantamweight title fight against Emmanuel Rodriguez scheduled Dec. 19 after he tested positive for COVID-19. The development was first reported on boxingscene.com.

The 38-year-old Donaire (40-6, 26KOs) was originally slated to challenge the former WBC world bantamweight champion Nordine Ouabaali (17-0, 12KOs) at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, but the latter pulled out of the fight last month after a positive COVID-19 test.

With Donaire out of the main event, another Filipino could step in and fill Donaire’s shoes as Showtime looks to pit Reymart Gaballo (23-0, 20KOs) against Rodriguez. It remains to be seen if the WBC would sanction a world title fight between the two. – JM Siasat/RC, GMA News

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