Iba na ang makakaharap ni WBA bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. matapos mapilitang mag-back out si South Africa WBO champion Zolane Tete sa kanilang bakbakan sa Abril 27 para sa World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) bantamweight semifinals na gaganapin sa Cajundome sa Lafayette, Los Angeles.
Napilitang umatras ang South African fighter matapos magtamo ng shoulder injury.
Makakaharap na ng Pinoy si American WBA No. 5 contender at WBSS reserve fighter Stephon Young.
“It doesn’t matter who I fight. I’m coming in to win vs anyone I step in there with. My mindset is strong. I have the utmost respect for Nonito. He is a great fighter and from what I see he’s a classy fighter outside the ring as well,” pahayag nito sa Boxing Scene.
Nakikita naman ni chief boxing officer Kalle Sauerland na malaking oportunidad ito para kay Young bago humarap sa finals laban kay Naoya Inoue or Emmanuel Rodriguez.
“It is very, very unfortunate for Tete, particularly after such a strong belief in going all the way and win the Ali Trophy,” pahayag ni Sauerland patungkol kay Tete.
“Fortunately, we are prepared for such eventualities and the tournament will move forward with our reserve fighter Stephon Young, ranked number five in the world, facing Nonito Donaire in the semifinal in Lafayette this weekend.”