MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American boxing champion Nonito Donaire Jr. has decided to relinquish the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight title he won from Jeffrey Mathebula.
According to ESPN, Donaire only defended the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown in his recent title fight against Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka.
Donaire has decided to vacate the title since the IBF’s mandatory challengers were not opponents that HBO will likely buy for his next fight.
“It made no sense to keep the belt and pay the nearly $40,000 in sanctioning fees just to wind up being stripped a couple of months later,” said ESPN’s Dan Rafael.
Donaire’s potential opponent for December 15, Jorge Arce, is not rated by the IBF in the super bantamweight division.
Also not included in IBF’s list are World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Abner Mares and World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantam king Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Donaire won the IBF strap by winning a lopsided decision against South African Mathebula last July.
The Filipino Flash currently holds the WBO, the WBC Diamond and the RING Magazine super bantamweight titles.