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February 13, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Into the Damon Runyon sport of boxing, where personality often trumps punching power, comes a fresh face. His name is Nonito Donaire, and he is a live wire. He dispenses no one-word grunts, no cliche answers. He loves to talk as much as he loves to hit. He will defend his WBA interim super-flyweight title, whatever that is, in a 12-rounder Saturday night at the Hilton against Manuel "El Chango" Vargas from Mexico. Vargas wasn't the original warm body scheduled to go. That was Gerson Guerrero, also of Mexico, who actually had a world ranking in one of the alphabet-soup sanctioning bodies that have succeeded in making boxing so confusing to fans that they have been driven, kicking and screaming, to handball or curling.
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October 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire has his own rematch he longs for. Before he gets there, he has to deal with the guy whose career he derailed. On Nov. 9, on an HBO-televised card from Corpus Christi, Texas, that includes a super-featherweight world title fight between Oxnard's unbeaten Mikey Garcia and champion Roman Martinez, Donaire (30-2, 20 knockouts) will face Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Darchinyan was an unbeaten world flyweight champion who spoke brashly and carried a wicked punch before Donaire recorded his breakthrough 2007 victory by fifth-round technical knockout in Connecticut.
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October 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire has his own rematch he longs for. Before he gets there, he has to deal with the guy whose career he derailed. On Nov. 9, on an HBO-televised card from Corpus Christi, Texas, that includes a super-featherweight world title fight between Oxnard's unbeaten Mikey Garcia and champion Roman Martinez, Donaire (30-2, 20 knockouts) will face Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Darchinyan was an unbeaten world flyweight champion who spoke brashly and carried a wicked punch before Donaire recorded his breakthrough 2007 victory by fifth-round technical knockout in Connecticut.
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November 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The sweetness of home is something Abner Mares, Alfredo Angulo and Leo Santa Cruz will each embrace Saturday in their respective fights at Staples Center. For World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion Mares (24-0-1, 13 knockouts), finding himself in the main event against Panama's Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs) is validation. Mares, 26, emerged from poverty in Hawaiian Gardens to make himself a world champion, a fact he let soak in last week attending an NBA game at the arena.
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October 2, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Abner Mares has admired Robert Guerrero's courage in standing up to his promoters for the title shot he wants. World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion Mares started to do the same Tuesday, making it clear that if he achieves his plan to break through the tight defense of Panama's Anselmo Moreno on Nov. 10 at Staples Center, he wants Nonito Donaire next. Mares is promoted by Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions, and International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization champion Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts)
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February 14, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
The Saturday evening of boxing meant to showcase Filipino super-flyweight Nonito Donaire went exactly as planned. Donaire, quickly becoming ready for prime time, caught Manuel Vargas of Mexico midway through the third round with a barrage of punches that overwhelmed the smaller, less-skilled Vargas. The final blow of the series was a left hook. Vargas kind of let the pain move from his chin to his head, and then collapsed. Vargas had been a last minute fill-in in the show at the Hilton Hotel Pavilion, so Donaire could not know for sure what he was facing.
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October 12, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire hopes to affirm his position as one of the world's top super-bantamweights Saturday night. Brandon Rios is out to prove he can take a brawler's best punch in his junior-welterweight debut. Their fight card at Home Depot Center in Carson has created some buzz for boxing's hard-core fans. Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts), the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization champion, faces perhaps his stiffest challenge yet in the main event against World Boxing Council champion Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs)
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July 7, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Nonito Donaire scored a unanimous decsion over Jeffrey Mathebula to capture the International Boxing Federation super-bantamweight title Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. The title is the second in the 122-pound division for the Filipino-American. He now stands at 29-1 during a career in which he recently moved up to super-bantamweight. The three judges scored in favor of Donaire, 117-110, 118-109 and 119-108. What Mathebula (26-4-2) benefited from in height and reach - he is 41/2 inches taller - Donaire made up for in speed and power.
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October 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado engaged in a fight-of-the-year slugfest at Home Depot Center on Saturday night, with Oxnard's Rios notching a seventh-round technical knockout that proves he retains wallop while moving up in weight. Nonito Donaire couldn't match the nonstop brawling of that bout, but he did take another step toward standing as the world's top super-bantamweight with a ninth-round technical knockout of Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka. Former lightweight champion Rios, in his junior-welterweight debut, unleashed a pair of hard overhand rights in the seventh, then pounded two lefts onto Alvarado's mug to force referee Pat Russell to stop the fight at the 1:57 mark.
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July 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire appeared to be on the precipice of boxing stardom last year when he scored a sensational second-round technical knockout of veteran champion Fernando Montiel. Donaire's performance, with a mix of speed and power, compared favorably to his Filipino countryman Manny Pacquiao. But since then Donaire (28-1, 18 knockouts) has lost some of his career momentum. First, he squabbled with his promoter, Bob Arum, and didn't fight for eight months, then Donaire returned to gain a sluggish decision followed by a split-decision in claiming the World Boxing Organization junior-featherweight title.
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October 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado engaged in a fight-of-the-year slugfest at Home Depot Center on Saturday night, with Oxnard's Rios notching a seventh-round technical knockout that proves he retains wallop while moving up in weight. Nonito Donaire couldn't match the nonstop brawling of that bout, but he did take another step toward standing as the world's top super-bantamweight with a ninth-round technical knockout of Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka. Former lightweight champion Rios, in his junior-welterweight debut, unleashed a pair of hard overhand rights in the seventh, then pounded two lefts onto Alvarado's mug to force referee Pat Russell to stop the fight at the 1:57 mark.
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October 12, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire hopes to affirm his position as one of the world's top super-bantamweights Saturday night. Brandon Rios is out to prove he can take a brawler's best punch in his junior-welterweight debut. Their fight card at Home Depot Center in Carson has created some buzz for boxing's hard-core fans. Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts), the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization champion, faces perhaps his stiffest challenge yet in the main event against World Boxing Council champion Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs)
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October 2, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Abner Mares has admired Robert Guerrero's courage in standing up to his promoters for the title shot he wants. World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion Mares started to do the same Tuesday, making it clear that if he achieves his plan to break through the tight defense of Panama's Anselmo Moreno on Nov. 10 at Staples Center, he wants Nonito Donaire next. Mares is promoted by Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions, and International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization champion Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts)
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July 7, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Nonito Donaire scored a unanimous decsion over Jeffrey Mathebula to capture the International Boxing Federation super-bantamweight title Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. The title is the second in the 122-pound division for the Filipino-American. He now stands at 29-1 during a career in which he recently moved up to super-bantamweight. The three judges scored in favor of Donaire, 117-110, 118-109 and 119-108. What Mathebula (26-4-2) benefited from in height and reach - he is 41/2 inches taller - Donaire made up for in speed and power.
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July 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire appeared to be on the precipice of boxing stardom last year when he scored a sensational second-round technical knockout of veteran champion Fernando Montiel. Donaire's performance, with a mix of speed and power, compared favorably to his Filipino countryman Manny Pacquiao. But since then Donaire (28-1, 18 knockouts) has lost some of his career momentum. First, he squabbled with his promoter, Bob Arum, and didn't fight for eight months, then Donaire returned to gain a sluggish decision followed by a split-decision in claiming the World Boxing Organization junior-featherweight title.
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January 11, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire of the Philippines lacks the two world title bantamweight belts belonging to his Feb. 19 opponent, Fernando Montiel of Mexico, but he does have the awareness to recognize what the 118-pound bout at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas means. "The little guys have been deprived of getting big fights on HBO," Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) said Tuesday at a news conference at the downtown Biltmore Hotel. "This is our shot. " The Filipino is riding the momentum of three 2010 stoppages, including a superb Dec. 4 fourth-round knockout of former world champion Wladimir Sidorenko at Anaheim's Honda Center.
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January 11, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Nonito Donaire of the Philippines lacks the two world title bantamweight belts belonging to his Feb. 19 opponent, Fernando Montiel of Mexico, but he does have the awareness to recognize what the 118-pound bout at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas means. "The little guys have been deprived of getting big fights on HBO," Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) said Tuesday at a news conference at the downtown Biltmore Hotel. "This is our shot. " The Filipino is riding the momentum of three 2010 stoppages, including a superb Dec. 4 fourth-round knockout of former world champion Wladimir Sidorenko at Anaheim's Honda Center.
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December 4, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
The son of a Mexican boxing legend was replaced in the main event of Saturday night's pay-per-view boxing card at Anaheim's Honda Center by the second-most popular fighter from the Philippines. The extra attention on Nonito Donaire's bantamweight-title elimination bout against Ukraine's Wladimir Sidorenko was created by Tuesday's main-event withdrawal by middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. because of a high fever and flu symptoms. A week earlier, Alfonso Gomez, Chavez's originally scheduled opponent, backed out because of a torn elbow ligament.
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December 4, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
The son of a Mexican boxing legend was replaced in the main event of Saturday night's pay-per-view boxing card at Anaheim's Honda Center by the second-most popular fighter from the Philippines. The extra attention on Nonito Donaire's bantamweight-title elimination bout against Ukraine's Wladimir Sidorenko was created by Tuesday's main-event withdrawal by middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. because of a high fever and flu symptoms. A week earlier, Alfonso Gomez, Chavez's originally scheduled opponent, backed out because of a torn elbow ligament.
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February 14, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
The Saturday evening of boxing meant to showcase Filipino super-flyweight Nonito Donaire went exactly as planned. Donaire, quickly becoming ready for prime time, caught Manuel Vargas of Mexico midway through the third round with a barrage of punches that overwhelmed the smaller, less-skilled Vargas. The final blow of the series was a left hook. Vargas kind of let the pain move from his chin to his head, and then collapsed. Vargas had been a last minute fill-in in the show at the Hilton Hotel Pavilion, so Donaire could not know for sure what he was facing.
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