Monday, August 17, 2009

Filipino Pride, Donaire wins World Boxing Title

Nonito Donaire Jr. also known as “The Filipino Flash” is the Philippines newest world boxing champion after his triumph over Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion via unanimous decision in the main event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Donaire, the 26-year California-based fighter, took home the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight crown. It is his third title in his second weight division. He previously held the International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization flyweight belts but had to forfeit both 112-lb crowns after his decision to jump up the super flyweight class.

Wearing a yellow robe with red trimmings in memory of the late President Cory Aquino (with Aquino’s name at the back of his robe and trunks), Donaire entered the ring in a customized Philippine-themed boxing boots. And with the Filipino song “Sarung Banggi” at his back ground to the delight and cheers of his mostly Filipino fans.

Early in the fight, Donaire managed to open a cut on the Panamanian’s left eye lid in the second round but failed to exploit on that advantage. Concepcion also retaliated with several power punches and jabs at the Filipino’s face and body capitalizing on his almost five-lb weight advantage. But Donaire made his move in the latter part of the fight connecting solid punches. Both fighters showed toughness with no one being knocked down.

The three judges are unanimous with their decision, giving the fight to Donaire. Judge Max De Luca scored it at 117-111, Duane Ford saw it at 115-113 while Jerry Roth gave a 116-112 edge all for Donaire.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


xprosaic said...

ok lang yung laban pero di gaanong mainit panoorin... jejejejejejeje :-P

Raynan said...

Way to go Nonito, i hope you'll be the next best thing in Philippines boxing, aside from the Pacman, And i hope you dont enter politics, please dont hehehehe. Just stick to what you do best boxing or just stick to sports.


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