Donaire's big-fight agenda begins

First step in unification goal is beating Jeffrey Mathebula on Saturday

Updated: July 6, 2012, 11:33 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire has earned his place on the pound-for-pound list. He's at the peak of his powers and is obsessed with cleaning out the 122-pound division.

The road toward that goal begins for "The Filipino Flash" on Saturday night (HBO, 10 ET/PT) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs) will headline the card in a title unification bout against Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs) of South Africa, as both make their first ...

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