Maxboxing.com, WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KO’s) won’t be facing Cristian Mijares on July 14th at the Cowboys stadium after all. Instead, the 29-year-old Donaire will be facing IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffry Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KO’s) on June 30th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22 KO’s) will also be on the card against an opponent still to be determined. The Rios fight will be the first of the card, which sounds about right because it would be more than a little ridiculous to have Rios headlining the card after his controversial 12 round decision win over Richard Abril last April.
Rios put off a lot of people with that win, and really would have been better off in the two judges that gave him the win marked him down as a loser instead. That was a really awful performance from Rios, and I had him losing the fight 9 rounds to 3. Not sure what the judges saw in his performance that made them score the fight for him because I saw him losing the fight by a lopsided decision.
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