Boxing Numbers Gate Receipt $$ for Nonito Donaire v Jeffrey Mathebula
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (July 20, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Nonito Donaire
According to the CSAC, the July 7th card at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California that featured Nonito Donaire against Jeffrey Mathebula (in a 122-pound title unification bout) sold 2,667 tickets, adding up to $149,246 in gate revenue. It's clear that Donaire, for all his pound-for-pound accolades and achievements, is still not a draw and his brand is not all that strong (it didn't help that Brandon Rios had to pull out of this card. Bottom line, losing a notable Mexican from this region is never a good thing if you're looking for a successful promotion in Southern California).
It further puts the emphasis on Donaire once again being in an exciting contest, which is why Top Rank is so eager to match him with Jorge Arce (who couldn't be in a bad fight if he tried) and is still working hard to find an open date in October at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Right now, Donaire is just another fighter who's very lucky television executives seem to like him a lot more than the viewing public.

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