Donaire hailed as 2012 BWAA Fighter of the Year

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will receive the coveted “Fighter of the Year” award otherwise known as the Sugar Ray Robinson Trophy from the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

Donaire, the reigning WBO superbantamweight champion, is the second Filipino to receive the prestigious award after Manny Pacquiao who bagged the BWAA Fighter of the Year award thrice in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Donaire’s rivals for this award include Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero of the U.S., Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and another Pinoy, Brian Viloria.

The 30-year-old Donaire (31W-1L, 20 KOs) had four notable wins in 2012 against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. of Puerto Rico(SD12), Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa (UD12), Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan (TKO 9) and Jorge Arce of Mexico ( KO 3).

The BWAA Fighter of the Year Awards started in 1938 and was renamed after boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson, who won Fighter of the Year in 1950.

This marks the fourth time in the last seven years that a Filipino boxer has been honored by boxing journalists in the United States.

Way to go Donaire!!!

Sonsona KOs Fulgencio

The comeback trail of former world superflyweight champion Marvin Sonsona continues after a crushing left uppercut to Carlos “El Flaco” Fulgencio’s jaw in the fifth round to finish the Dominican Republic fighter in a bout that announced his return to the bigtime boxing at the Hoops Dome here Saturday night.

Sonsona unleashed that same old, reliable weapon that has helped him improve his record to 16-1-1 with 13 knockouts, sending his visiting foe to the floor, After pounding Fulgencio’s body in the early rounds with hard shots and hardly connecting with a clean shot to the head.

The fight ended at 1:41 mark of the fifth after referee Tony Pesons dicided that Fulgencio was no longer fit to continue.

The 21-year-old Sonsona, lost his world superflyweight belt after a knockout loss to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., in 2010.

“I’m still trying to get back my timing. I’m still a bit slow, but I feel like I will be stronger and probably faster come my next fight,” said Sonsona.

The 21-year-old Sonsona will relocate to Oxnard, Californfia to train with Pablo Sarmiento, in preparation for his next fight at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City against an opponent to be named later.

Sonsona also moving up to featherweight limit of 126 pounds in his next fight, sonsona felt that he cannot make 122 pound limit any longer, Moving up to featherweight will also allow Sonsona to avoid Filipino pound for pound standout Nonito Donaire who also holds the super bantamweight title.

Donaire: Caught between his Father and Wife

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

From ABS-CBN – After the most intense battle inside the ring this first quarter of the year 2011, Donaire winning over Montiel, Nonito Donaire is now set again for another fight. battle against his own father, He being accused of not giving financial support to his father.

Just before Donaire’s fight, Nonito Sr. (father of Nonito Donaire Jr. – Boxer), speaks about his complaints about his sons’ disobedience and disrespectful manner towards him. The issue is about is the refusal of his son Nonito Jr. of giving help to his struggling family.

“Ang tinanong n’yang tulong, ‘bigyan mo ko ng pera para matulungan ko iyung anak ko sa labas at ang girlfriend ko’. Hindi naman ‘tutulungan ko iyung mother mo’,” said Nonito Jr.

Rachel, Nonito Jr. wife said that her father-in-law mismanaged her husband’s boxing finances, wasted some of her husband’s saving for his women and half sibling.

“Ang hirap hirap ng buhay ko. Magpasalamat ka, Rachel, because you got everything, you enjoy it,” said Nonito Sr.

ABS-CBN asked both sides if there is a possible reconciliation between them.

Nonito Jr. recently said he is ready to repair his relationship with his father.

Nonito Sr. said the same thing, adding that he actually misses his son.

Donaire hits Montiel with a Flash.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 – at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Another honor has been brought for the Philippines by Nonito “the Flash” Donaire for his win against the undefeated Mexican fighter Fernando Montiel.

Montiel who holds a 44-2-2 (win-loss-draw) record, 34 of this won via knockout, the defender. And Donaire who’s the challenger, has a 25-1 and 17 KO’s.

Some are saying that this 12 round fight is going to be tough for Donaire, because his opponent is known to be very competitive and a courageous fighter inside the ring, so this is really a chance for the Filipino Flash to prove that he has the qualities alike of the fellow Filipino 8th Division title holder Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Montiel and Donaire seems to have a good friendship on their weigh in, but as they enter the ring and their fight started, both of them became fierce and fearless to conquer each other, hungry as wolves for the title WBC/WBO bantamweight.

shots taken from Donaire-Montiel fight

In the first round, Donaire move his way aggressively on Montiel. While the Mexican fighter didn’t move any further to take on Donaire. A left drive to the face stunned Montiel and a shot to the body made him grimace from overwhelming stunts given by his opponent. Donaire is noticeable to be more confident on the second round as he continued to dominate the game, but Montiel stood his ground and started to find the range with his left. A great left hook to the face stopped Donaire in his position and focus. Montiel tried to defend his self against the Filipino boxer as he stepped in closer to engage, but Donaire gave out a counter left hook that beat Montiel on his face made him lie down unconscious and dumbfound in seconds, also made him like electrocuted by the blow given by Donaire. Filipino’s and fans at the ringside started to cheer as the Filipino boxer also started to jump seeing the coming end of this fight. Montiel tried struggling to stand and get back on his momentum; however the Flash executed another batch of punches on the Mexican fighter that made the game end. With this knock-out win fight against undisputed Fernando Montiel.

Nonito Donaire became the second superstar of the Asian nation today, and now also named as the no.3 pound-for-pound boxer by the Ring Magazine. Donaire really made his name way up there after this fight, and proved himself to everyone that he had the qualities of a special boxer.

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Donaire ready for Mexican

Nonito Donaire is all set to defend his WBA superflyweight interim belt against a new and dangerous challenger in Manuel “Chango’’ Vargas of Mexico this Sunday on the action-packed “Pinoy Power 3,’’ to be broadcast live from Las Vegas Hilton, USA on ABS-CBN at 10:30 am.

Vargas replaced fellow Mexican Gerson Guerrero after the latter failed an eye examination three days before the title bout due to a detached retina.

Donaire remains upbeat and confident he will take home his title, one of two world championships at stake in “Pinoy Power 3.’’

“ I just want to fight – bring on anyone,’’ said the “Filipino Flash,’’ who has been training for Guerrero for over two months already.

Widely considered as one of the Philippines’ boxing royalty, Donaire is ready to follow the footsteps of reigning boxing king and compatriot Manny Pacquiao. The US-based fighter has continued to rise in the pound-for-pound rankings ever since his smashing knockout of then flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan in 2007.

Vargas, however, is ready to stand in Donaire’s way. Last year, the Mexican gave current WBO minimum weight champion Donnie Nietes a difficult fight. He almost won the controversial bout, which was scored a split decision in favor of Nietes.

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Nonito Donaire wins 1st title fight in new weight division

In his first fight as a super flyweight, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. landed more punches to beat an overweight Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion via unanimous decision in the main event of “Pinoy Power 2″ Sunday (Saturday night in Las Vegas) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Donaire, the 26-year San Leandro, California-based fighter, won the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight crown. Even if Concepcion defeated Donaire he would still not be eligible for the WBA crown after the Panamanian failed to make weight in the 115-lb division.

Concepcion tipped the scales at 119.5 lbs, which is 4.5 lbs over the super flyweight division limit. Being over the 115-lb limit meted the Panamanian a $13,000 fine.

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Donaire beats Panamanian

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, US (AP) — Nonito Donaire unanimously outpointed Rafael Concepcion on Saturday to take the WBA interim title in his super-flyweight debut.

Donaire, the 26-year-old Filipino who vacated his IBF flyweight title to move up in weight, improved to 22-1 with his 21st consecutive victory.

Judge Max De Luca scored the fight 117-111, Duane Ford had it 115-113, and Jerry Roth called it 116-112.

“I’m here to give honor to my country,” said Donaire, cheered on by a large Filipino crowd. “We are great fighters. I came here to represent and fight with all of my heart.”

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