LAS VEGAS NV - FEBRUARY 19: Nonito Donaire of the Philippines leaps in the air after knocking Fernando Montiel of Mexico to the canvas in the second round of their WBC/WBO bantamweight championship bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center February 19 2011 in Las Vegas Nevada. Donaire won by TKO in the second round. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
San Mateo resident and Top 5 pound-for-pound boxer Nonito Donaire will defend his WBO title on Saturday night. He goes up against Jeffrey Mathebula for the IBF super bantamweight title as well.
Nonito Donaire is considered to be one of the top five pound-for-pound boxers in the world. The longtime resident of San Mateo and graduate of San Lorenzo High School holds a record of 28-1 and is a four-division champion. Along with Manny Pacquiao, Donaire is only the second Asian boxer to hold titles in four different divisions. 18 of Donaire's wins are by knockout and he has not lost a fight since his second professional bout ... in 2001.
On Saturday night, Donaire will defend his WBO Super Bantamweight title against challenger Jeffrey Mathebula. If Donaire wins, he will also pick up Mathebula's IBF Super Bantamweight title. Whoever emerges victorious will successfully unify the two titles. Mathebula is definitely a worthy challenger, with a record of 26-3-2, with 14 of his wins coming via knockout.
The fight will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and will air on HBO Boxing After Dark.
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