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Donaire takes the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles in Las Vegas

The Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire last night defeated Fernando Montiel to take the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles

Posted Feb 20, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up

Nonito Donaire

It seems the Philippines has a new star in boxing as Nonito Donaire, last night, finished Fernando Montiel in round two to secure the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organisation bantamweight titles.

Donaire, the Filipino-American 28-year-old former world flyweight champion ended Montiel’s champion status with a left hook just two minutes and 25 seconds in the second round of the bout which saw Montiel end up in hospital.

The Filipino Flash (as Donaire has been dubbed) controlled much of the fight landing a superb left hook in the opening round which stirred the then current champ into action in the early parts of the second round before being taken to the canvas by another powerful left hook from Donaire. The contest ended in a technical knockout after Montiel, seemingly showing he was made of tougher stuff, rather incredibly made it back to his feet after the blow but the referee decided to call an end to the fight just moments after as it was clear he was in no fit state to continue.

Montiel didn’t make the press conference after the event as the Mexican was rushed to hospital - his management Top Rank Promotions confirmed this afterwards on Twitter, Donaire was surprised that Montiel made it back to his feet after he landed the blow. The new champion commented “He gave me the advantage and after I landed that shot, I couldn’t believe he managed to get up”.

The Filipino Flash has now won 25 fights on the bounce improving his current standings to 26 wins and 18 KOs to his name. The bout between the two big dogs in the bantamweight division certainly attracted a big crowd to Las Vegas but one man that missed the fight was Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao reportedly missed the fight as he was running late but obviously didn’t expect the contest to be over so quickly. The Filipino boxing supremo called Donaire impressive and tipped the Flash to go onto big things and possibly superstardom.

Donaire had previously beaten Ukrainian Wladimiro Sidorenko to extend his unbeaten run to 24 fights. The Filipino Flash claimed the IBF flyweight title in 2007 when he knocked out the highly revered Vic Darchinyan. The Filipino has fought in the top flights of boxing for nearly a decade now and has finally confirmed his status as the world #1 bantamweight after knocking out the WBC title holder Hozumi Hasegawa in 2010.

Donaire made his professional debut in boxing when he was 17 years old winning his first title (the WBO flyweight belt) in 2000 beating Isidro Perez. The Flash is certainly a delight to watch and I predict big things to come for the confirmed champ. Maybe not of Pacquiao proportions but who knows?

Meanwhile in Germany; Felix Sturm defeated American Ronald Hearns in a seventh round stop at the middleweight bout after a colossal right hook from Sturm. The bout was stopped by the referee after it was clear that American Hearns couldn’t continue with the fight. The WBA title holder bolstered his record to 35 career wins in what was described as an outstanding performance and one of his best.

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