Donaire-Arce tiff moved to Oct. 13

The eagerly awaited title defense of World Boxing Organization/International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire against Mexican warrior Jorge Arce has been moved to Oct. 13 from the original Oct. 20 date.
However, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told the Manila Standard that there is no definite word on the venue.
Earlier reports mentioned the venue as the Home Depot Center in Carson City, where Donaire won the IBF title from South Africa’s Jeffrey Mathebula and the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas, where he clinched the WBO title in a clash with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico.
The change of date was in order not to clash with the battle for the vacant WBO bantamweight title between No. 1 contender AJ “Bazooka” Banal of the ALA Gym and No. 2-ranked Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand from the big OneSingchai Promotions of Thailand scheduled at the Mall of Asia Arena along Roxas Boulevard.
The new date for the Donaire-Arce showdown will enable ABS-CBN to telecast both title fights on Channel 2 on successive Sundays.
Arum said there is a great match-up on the undercard of Donaire-Arce, featuring undefeated light welterweights Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike Alvarado.
The 26-year-old Rios has a record of 30-0-1 with 22 knockouts and is coming off a controversial 12-round split decision win over Richard Abril in a World Boxing Association lightweight title bout, in which he failed to make the weight and lost a chance to win the title.
On the other hand, Abril, despite the defeat, was allowed to retain his interim title.
The 32-year-old Alvarado has a record of 33-0, with 23 knockouts and won the vacant International Boxing Federation Latino light welterweight title with a unanimous 10- round decision over Gabriel Martinez on July 30, 2011, and retained the title with a 10th-round TKO over Breidis Prescott.
Prescott was the Colombian fighter, who handed former world champion Amir Khan his first stunning defeat in a 54-second, first-round knockout victory in a clash for the WBO Intercontinental lightweight title on Sept. 6, 2008.

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