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After testing positive for COVID-19, Nonito Donaire is out of his Dec. 19 bout against Emmanuel Rodriguez for the vacant WBC bantamweight championship. The news, first reported by, comes after Donaire’s original opponent for the date also tested positive for the virus.

Donaire was originally set to face WBC champion Nordine Oubaali on the Showtime event, which is scheduled to take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. When Oubaali was forced out due to his positive test, the WBC made Oubaali “champion in recess” and put the now-vacant title on the line for Donaire vs. Rodriguez. Oubaali would then have to face the…

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