Filipino Nonito Donaire takes on Mexican Alexandro Santiago for the vacant World Boxing Council bantamweight title, next Saturday, on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford, which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Donaire vs. Santiago was originally scheduled for July 15, but it was moved to this date in order to have a greater global projection.
legendary Donaire (42-7, 28 KOs) has captured titles at flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a world champion once again in what is already a historic night for boxing,” Donaire said. “I am grateful to my team for this opportunity and I will do everything possible to make the most of it. We are working very hard on defense and being as quick as possible. It’s been an amazing camp and I can’t wait to get in the ring.”
From Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Santiago (27-3-5, 14 KOs) will challenge for a bantamweight crown for the first time in his career, coming into this fight riding a three-fight winning streak.
“I’ve been waiting five years for another world title shot, so I’m more than ready for this fight,” Santiago said. “I am focused and my goal remains the same, to become a world champion. I am very lucky and would like to thank my team for this great opportunity to be a part of such an amazing event on July 29.”
The fight is organized by Premier Boxing Champions and will be televised by Showtime PPV and ESPN Latin America.