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Nonito Donaire to defend his junior featherweight title vs. Zsolt Bedak

Junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire will make the first title defense of his second reign against Zsolt Bedak, who returned a signed contract for the bout Thursday morning, Carl Moretti of Donaire promoter Top Rank told ESPN.

The fight is scheduled to take place April 23 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, outside of Manila in Donaire's native Philippines.

"It's a great opportunity for Nonito to defend his world championship in his homeland against a world-ranked and extremely capable opponent," Moretti said of the fight, which is being promoted by Filipino television network ABS-CBN.

On Dec. 11 in Puerto Rico, the Northern California-based Donaire won a unanimous decision against Cesar Juarez to win a vacant 122-pound world title for the second time. It was an action-packed, fight-of-the-year contender in which Donaire scored a pair of knockdowns in the fourth round but had to overcome some difficult moments later in the fight.

The 33-year-old Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs), who has won full world titles in four weight classes -- flyweight, bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight -- claimed a junior featherweight world title for the first time when he dropped and outpointed Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for a vacant belt in 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.

After losing his featherweight belt by sixth-round knockout to Nicholas Walters in October 2014, Donaire returned to the junior featherweight division, where he has won three bouts in a row.

Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs), 32, of Hungary, has won 10 fights in a row since suffering his lone defeat, which came by 10th-round knockout to Vazquez in a 2010 junior featherweight world title bout.