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)
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7 months ago Article 1 comment
The Bay Area will be represented in the boxing world on Saturday night, as Nonito Donaire takes to the ring.
11 months ago Update 0 comments
On Saturday night,San Mateo resident Nonito Donaire put his WBO super bantamweight title on the line against Jeffrey Mathebula, who entered the fight as the IBF super bantamweight champion. Donaire -- who is considered a Top 5 pound-for-pound boxer -- was able to retain his belt and unify the two titles to improve to 29-1, thanks to a unanimous decision from the judges.
Donaire scored a knockdown in the fourth round and broke Mathebula's tooth with a huge right hand in the 11th inning, when the fight was already well in hand for the local boy. Donaire ended up winning the HBO-televised event on scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110.
For the record, Donaire's post-fight interview with Max Kellerman seemed to lean toward the fight many of us saw on TV, a competitive, challenging bout for Nonito, rather than the one-way traffic some believed it to be. But however you slice it, Donaire won and beat a top ten guy tonight, and deserved the victory.
Donaire remains a four-division champion and will likely soon be preparing for his next opponent -- whoever that may be.
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11 months ago Article 0 comments
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.