Nonito Donaire - Alexandro Santiago bout moved to Errol Spence - Terence Crawford card

Two years after becoming the oldest bantamweight champ, Nonito Donaire aims championship gold again at age 40. Showtime (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Nonito Donaire's shot to become once again the WBC bantamweight title will be seen by a larger audience as his showdown with Alexandro Santiago has been moved to the fight card headlined by the Errol Spence-Terrence Crawford battle.

The WBC announced on Thursday that the Donaire-Santiago match has been pushed two weeks back to become part of the Spence-Crawford card.

Donaire and Santiago were supposed to face off on Sunday (Philippine Time) as the co-main event of the potential world title eliminator between Frank Martin and Artem Harutyunyan at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Instead, the Donaire-Santiago bout will be played on July 30 (Philippine Time) at the T-Mobile Arena also in Vegas as potentially the supporting match to the Spence-Crawford headliner.

The schedule shakeup ensued after Jesus Ramos suffered an injury during his training camp ahead of his match against Sergio Garcia, forcing the postponement of their fight.

Garcia remains part of the Spence-Crawford card, but his bout against a replacement opponent will be pulled out of the pay-per-view portion.

Donaire, aged 40, aims to become a two-time WBC bantamweight champ at the twilight of his career even as he tries to break his own record as the oldest champ in the 118-pound division.

However, up next for him is Santiago, who came just close to upsetting Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF junior bantam belt in 2018.

Ancajas kept the belt after the judges ruled the bout as a controversial split draw.

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