July 7, 2012 |
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.
October 13, 2012 |
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.
July 6, 2012 |
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.
January 11, 2011 |
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.
December 4, 2010 |
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.
November 9, 2012 |
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.