HBO looking to clear date for Nonito Donaire
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Feb 23, 2011) Special to Doghouse Boxing

In a move that should be applauded, HBO will be looking to clear off the first available date for Nonito Donaire, who recently destroyed Fernando Montiel in two rounds, and Top Rank will look to stage a fight in the Bay Area (Donaire is from San Leandro, California). Names being kicked around are WBO junior bantamweight titlist Omar Narvaez or WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno.

This date could come in the month of May. With the sizable Fil-Am population in this region and its proximity to Donaire’s hometown, this looks like a natural fit. What’s really great is the possibility of a quick turnaround for the “Filipino Flash.” Guys like him need to be showcased more, not less. And one of the bigger problems this business is afflicted with is that the very best in this sport are relegated to being part-time performers who fight twice a year, when they should be out there at least three or four times.

Speaking of Montiel, there are differing reports as to the severity of the injuries suffered at the hands of Donaire; this one seems to indicate that Montiel will need surgery:

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