Spence vs. Crawford: Fight cancellations lead to Nonito Donaire title fight switch, better undercard

After cancellations from the Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford event, Nonito Donaire has stepped in to beef up the card.

By: Anton Tabuena | 3 months ago

There have been fight cancellations and major changes to the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford line up. It somehow led to a much stronger pay-per-view undercard, with Nonito Donaire now part of the event.

Two fight cancellations from Spence vs. Crawford event

Heavyweight Viktor Faust and junior middleweight Jesus Ramon’s respective bouts have been scrapped after both boxers withdrew from the event. Ramos’ opponent Sergio Garcia (34-2) will remain on the card, and will now face a far less experienced opponent in Yoenis Tellez (5-0).

With one bout saved and another completely scrapped, promoters still found a way to deliver a far better Showtime pay-per-view event on July 29 by adding a high profile star.

Nonito Donaire vs. Alexandro Santiago title fight added

Filipino boxing legend Nonito Donaire was set to face off against Alexandro Santiago this weekend, but according to Bad Left Hook, the bout has now been moved two weeks later and will beef up the Spence vs. Crawford card.

In 2021, Nonito Donaire became the oldest to win a bantamweight world championship at age 38. Now 40-years-old, Donaire will get a shot at beating his own record by fighting the 27-year-old Santiago for the vacant WBC bantamweight title.

Donaire has been knocking out fighters much younger than him in recent years, with his only losses in the last five years coming against the top pound-for-pound boxer in Naoya Inoue. The undefeated Japanese KO artist has since moved up in weight, with the number 1 ranked Filipino boxer now getting a shot at fighting for the belt Inoue has vacated.

Boxing: Inoue-Donaire WBSS final Japan s Naoya Inoue throws a punch at Nonito Donaire of the Philippines en route to winning the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final in Saitama near Tokyo on Nov. 7, 2019. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxHUNxONLY
Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue in their 2019 Fight of the Year – IMAGO / Kyodo News

Errol Spence vs. Terence Crawford PPV fight card

The Spence vs. Crawford undisputed welterweight title bout is already one of the most anticipated fights in boxing in recent years. With the future Hall of Famer in Donaire being added, fans ended up with a better PPV event overall. Here’s the current line up for the July 29 event in Las Vegas:

Errol Spence (28-0) vs. Terence Crawford (39-0) – WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, Ring welterweight championship

Nonito Donaire (42-7) vs. Alexandro Santiago (27-3-5) – WBC bantamweight championship

Isaac Cruz (24-2-1) vs. Giovanni Cabrera (21-0)

Sergio Garcia (34-2) vs. Yoenis Tellez (5-0)

June 13, 2023, Los Angeles, California, USA: WBC, WBA & IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Budâ€⠢ Crawford face off for the first time ahead of their fight for the undisputed welterweight championship of the world July 29th on Showtime PPV. Los Angeles USA - ZUMAd151 20230613_znp_d151_024 Copyright: xAdamxDelGiudicex
IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Adam DelGiudice
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Anton Tabuena
Anton Tabuena

Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

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