Update - The Donaire-Santiago fight was moved to July 29.
Popular veteran Nonito Donaire returns to the ring at age 40 to try to become the oldest bantamweight champion of all time when he faces Alexandro Santiago for the vacant WBC bantamweight title. The 12-round bout will take place in the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Showtime will handle the broadcast of the main card at 9:30 p.m. ET with the main event expected to begin around 11 p.m. ET.
Donaire (42-7, 28 KOs) is looking to break his own longevity record as he recently held a bantamweight title at the age of 38. He has won titles at bantamweight, flyweight, super flyweight and featherweight during his 21-year career. Donaire won the WBC bantamweight title with a fourth-round knockout over Nordine Oubaali on May 29, 2021, and lost it in a second-round TKO to Naoye Inoue in a unification bout on June 7, 2022.
Santiago (27-3-5, 14 KOs) is on a three-fight win streak and has won 11 out of his past 12 fights with the only loss coming by majority decision to Gary Russell on November 27, 2021. Since that loss, Santiago has wins over Juan Ramirez Marquez, David Carmona and Antonio Nieves, all in 2022.
This is expected to be a tight, competitive fight. Donaire is -165 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Santiago comes into the fight as a slight +130 underdog.
Full Card for Nonito Donaire vs. Alexandro Santiago
- Main event: Frank Martin def. Artem Harutyunyan by unanimous decision
- Elvis Rodriguez def. Viktor Postol by TKO (7th round)
- Freudis Rojas def. Diego Sanchez by TKO (7th round)