MANILA, Philippines – The super bantamweight bout between Filipino champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and Jorge Arce will push through as planned, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said.
The veteran promoter told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that the disagreement between the 2 boxers has been threshed out.
“It’s a done deal,” Arum was quoted as saying.
Arum said the fight will take place on December 15.
But instead of holding the 12-round tiff at Arce’s territory in Mexico City as earlier announced, the fight will be moved to the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The fight nearly got scrapped when Donaire, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond super bantamweight champion, decided to take a pass at Arce.
Donaire was frustrated because Arce was demanding a large amount of money for the fight.
“They keep on demanding everything. I have the belt and yet they’re still demanding?”
The Mexican, however, said he was merely asking based on the fight’s worth.
"I would be happy to take that fight but I hope I get the price [I'm asking for]. I'm not asking for the pearls of the virgin. I'm demanding just what I think the fight is worth," Arce said.
Donaire was actually targeting Arce on October.
But when the Mexican brawler priced himself out of the bout, Donaire decided to take on Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka instead.
The Filipino Flash halted Nishioka in 9 rounds.