Donaire claims WBC, WBO bantamweight titles

NONITO DONAIRE, JR., known around the boxing world as the “Filipino Flash,” ended Mexican Fernando Montiel’s reign as bantamweight king in a flash.

A paralyzing left hook from Donaire sent the three-division champ flat on his back. The Filipino delivered it with so much force that Montiel’s body involuntarily twitched while lying down the canvas.

Montiel, who surrendered the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight belts, get up and tried to continue.

But his effort came in vain.

Smelling blood, Donaire came after his baffled opponent and forced referee Russell Mora to step in and stop the fight at the 2:25 mark of the second round.

“I saw him twitching. I know it was over then,” Donaire said. “I was surprised that he got up after I landed that flush shot.”

The first round didn’t suggest an explosive ending with both fighters seizing up each other and trading harmless jabs.

But Donaire stepped on the gas in the second round to add two more world titles in his collection.

Despite Montiel’s status as the top fighter in the bantamweight division, Donaire came in as a 2-to-1 betting favorite.

It took him just two rounds to show why.

The 28-year-old won his 25th straight bout and improved his record to 26-0-1 (win-loss-draw) with 18 knockouts. The only blemish on his resume came on his second professional fight. Montiel dropped to 44-3-2 (win-loss-draw) with 34 knockouts.

Montiel boasted before the bout that he would stop Donaire inside 10 rounds. One has to wonder if he could count that many after taking that left hook on the head.

He was taken to the University Medical Center for precautionary measures. Noli Cruz


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