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March 13, 2016 08:56 PM PST
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Donaire primed for title shot vs Quigg


Bay Area five-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. primed himself for a fresh title shot at the world super bantamweight division he used to dominate following a second round knockout stoppage of former French and European Union super bantamweight champion Anthony Settoul on Saturday (July 18) in Macau, China.


The 33-year-old Donaire (35-3, 23 KO), decked Settoul twice in the final minute with opening round with two left uppercuts, first to the chin and then to the body, to set the stage for an early finish.

The end came at the 1:41 mark of the second after Donaire drilled a big right hand to Settoul's chin. Settoul was visibly hurt and wobbly as he beat the count, prompting his corner to throw in the towel and spare the game Frenchman from further punishment.

Donaire's promoter Bob Arum said his FilAm ward's the impressive win puts Doniare, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, in a position to challenge undefeated World Boxing Association super bantam titlist Scott Quigg of Britain.

On the same day, Quigg also scored a second round knockout to defend his title in Manchester over former International Boxing Federation champion Kiko Martinez of Spain.

Arum said the planned title fight could headline a card he's trying to organize with fight organizers in Dubai sometime in November or December.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told Danny Winterbottom of that he's discussing Quigg-Donaire with Arum, either in Dubai or in Manchester, England.

"[Quigg vs Donaire] is close to being made for November. They (Arum and his associates) are talking about Dubai but I would love the fight to be in UK as I believe it is a pay-per-view fight," Hearn was quoted by the website as saying.

Formerly ranked fourth by The Ring among the pound-for-pound best boxers in the world, Donaire is looking to rebound from a sixth-round knockout last October at the hands of unbeaten featherweight champ Nicholas Walters of Jamaica.

The hard-punching Bay Area boxing star -- winner of world titles at flyweight, super fly, bantamweight, super bantamweight and super featherweight -- has been training hard in the Philippines under his father-trainer Nonito Sr.

The elder Donaire thinks Quigg would be a good opponent for his come-backing son because of the Briton's propensity to come forward and trade punches with opponents.

Donaire Sr. also believes Nonito is faster and stronger than 26-year-old Quigg, who has a record of 31 wins, 23 KOs and two draws.