By Joel Pinaroc
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire joined compatriot Manny Pacquiao as one of the few boxers to ever hold championship belts in at least two different weight divisions.
Donaire, known as the “Filipino Flash,” displayed his deadly form by stopping Mexican champion Fernando Montiel in a bantamweight championship fight Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Donaire landed a single counter left hook to the temple of Montiel late in Round 2, after the Mexican boxer missed with a right straight.
Montiel immediately fell on his back, and although he was able to beat the count and was able to rise on wobbly legs, the referee waved the fight off to save the Mexican from more punishment.
With the victory, Donaire became the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight champion at 118 pounds.
Donaire was also a super flyweight (115 pounds) champion before going up one division to take on Montiel, himself a multi-division champion.
“I hit him with a left hook, looked down and saw him twitching,” Donaire said. “I knew the fight was over then.”
After the fight, Donaire signified his intention to remain at bantamweight and defend his crown, although he eventually plans to go up in weight at junior featherweight (122 pounds) and even featherweight (126 pounds) to challenge for another world title.
Donaire has won 25 consecutive fights. His record now stands at 26 wins, 1 loss, and 18 knockouts. The Filipino fighter is also included in the Top 5 pound-for-pound list along with Pacquiao.
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