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Ring Magazine hails Donaire's second-round TKO win

February 21, 2011 5:55pm
A crushing left counter to the temple of defending champion Fernando Montiel in the second round of their World Boxing Organization/World Boxing Council was all Nonito Donaire needed to register his biggest victory four years after making headway in the world boxing scene.

In 2007, Donaire stopped reigning International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization world flyweight titles Vic Darchinyan in a fight that was recognized as the “Knockout of the Year."

Donaire was an instant knockout at that time. He was even lined up to become the next most important Filipino boxer after eight-division world champion Many Pacquiao.

But it took four more years and eight more bouts for the Filipino Flash to prove to all and sundry that he’s for real, just like his more illustrious compatriot who’s been adored and idolized by everyone — from simple laborers to the most glamorous people in the world.

Images of Donaire coming away with a walloping left that dropped the boxer who dealt Filipino fighters Z Gorres, Ciso Morales and Roy Doliguez a sound beating sent Pinoy pride soaring once more above the world boxing scene.

Suddenly, Donaire is world champion again, joining Pacquiao, Donnie Nietes, and female boxer Ana Julaton as the country’s world titlists.

And he did it in such a convincing fashion.

Montiel, regarded as the best in his division for several years, absorbed the worst loss of his career courtesy of Donaire’s left hook. The Mexican lay flat on his back, his legs convulsing involuntarily, before he struggled to get up. He received two more punches from the charging Filipino boxer before the referee came to the aid of the beaten fighter.

Assessing the sensational second-round TKO, Ring Magazine, regarded as the “Bible of Boxing," was convinced that “Pacquiao no longer has the monopoly of astounding performances by Filipino fighters."

“The knockout itself was breathtaking, the sheer drama of the moment drawing a gasp from an evenly divided crowd," said Ring Magazine writer Michael Rosenthal.

Andre Ward, a close friend of Donaire, spoke for everyone when he said simply: "WOW!"

Donaire is no stranger from winning via knockouts. He has knocked out 18 of his 26 opponents, and is currently ranked No. 5 in Ring Magazine’s best pound-for-pound fighters after Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Sergio Gabriel Martinez and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Donaire clearly validated his inclusion in that list. His single punch that knocked Montiel down wast comparable to Pacquiao’s jaw-breaking punch on Ricky Hatton in their 2009 bout, according to The Ring.

"I just want to enjoy this moment, to soak it all in," he told, unable to wipe the smile from his face. "I'm grateful for everything, I really am. I feel like I'm getting better every time I fight. It's really a blessing."

Getting better is something Donaire should keep on doing, considering that Pacquiao, who is expected to enter the Boxing’s Hall of Fame, is expected to wrap up his career after a few more fights.

Will Donaire become the next Pacquiao? - KY, Rey Joble, GMA News
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