By Fitzgerald Cecilio (Asst. News/Sports Editor)
MANILA — After testing negative for COVID-19 in a confirmatory test, four-time world champion Nonito Donaire Jr. wants his fight against Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez for the World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight title to continue as scheduled on Dec. 19 at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
The 38-year-old Donaire was earlier removed as challenger after he tested positive for the virus, but he underwent another test that he himself paid for as confirmation.
With the negative test, Donaire called on organizers to put him back as challenger to Rodriguez’s crown.
Fellow Filipino Reymart Gaballo has been tapped to replace Donaire in the bout that has been relegated as a fight for the interim WBC 118-lb. crown.
Donaire claimed he’s in top condition and ready to step into the ring anytime as he eyes his fifth world title.
“I sparred 12 rounds today. I’m ready,” said Donaire when asked by a fan if he’s ready to trade punches with Rodriguez if tapped again as challenger.
Donaire carries a 40-6 record with 26 knockouts while Rodriguez sports a 19-1 mark with 12 knockouts. (AI/MTVN)