At 38-years-old, Donaire became the oldest bantamweight champion in boxing history Saturday night with a highlight reel fourth-round knockout of Nordine Oubaali to claim the WBC Bantamweight World Championship.
This marks Donaire's third reign as bantamweight champion of the world.
Don't talk with Nonito Donaire about Father Time. He simply refuses to acknowledge him. "The King has returned!" said Donaire after making boxing history at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Donaire started unloading the heavy artilery in the third round when he caught and dropped Oubaali with a left hook with 46 seconds left in the frame. He then detonated that same left hook to drop Oubaali and become Champion of the World for a 9th time through all the divisions.
One viewer with a vested interest was leading Bantamweight World Title Contender Australian Sensation Jason “Mayhem” Moloney.
The Aussie discussed his plans and Donaire’s historic Championship victory.
“My training’s going very well. I’m always in the gym and I’m constantly making big improvements.
I’ve been ready to fight for months now but unfortunately COVID made it extremely difficult for us to host our fights in Australia. I’m looking to fight asap. I can’t wait to get back in the ring, I’ve got a lot to prove and big goals that I know I will achieve.”
“Donaire’s performance against Oubaali was very impressive!
I favoured Donaire leading into the fight but I did wonder whether Father Time might finally catch up to him, especially after an 18-month layoff but he was brilliant.”
“Congratulations to Nonito on another fantastic win! I’ve got a lot of respect for Nonito and what he has achieved in his career.”
“I always want to fight the best and take on the biggest challenges and I’d love the opportunity to fight the future hall of famer, I know it would be a sensational fight and it’s a fight I know I will win.”
By: Sanman Boxing
Sanman mainstay light flyweight contender Joey Canoy (16-4) is flying out to South Africa for an opportunity to fight for the WBA Intercontinental Light Flyweight Title against South African champ Nhlanhla Tyirha. Canoy is accompanied by trainer and rRonerex Dalut.
According to Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil, Canoy still has the potential of bagging a world title in the future. “He is 27 and in his prime. He is disciplined. Joey has the potential and with good focus and dedication, this can be a stepping stone for bigger fight”, Manangquil stated.
Canoy is ecstatic about the gig. “ I know I can still make it. I feel strong and I need this fight to make a statement. I will give every strength left to get the title and bring it home”, Canoy said.
Chilean Superstar flyweight Andres Campos (10-0) is looking to make a push for championship honours in 2021.
Campos has now moved to number 6 in the WBO and 13 in the WBAs World Flyweight ratings
Chiles favorite son is targeting Japanese WBO champion Junto Nakatani and WBA champion Artem Dalakian.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Campos had not seen any action for nearly a year, most recently on the 12th of March, fighting in his homeland of Santiago, Chile - with "The Crocodile" soundly defeating Ramon Velasquez (7-4).
Despite the global upheaval Campos has not stopped honing his craft having taken part in training camps in the United States with the Australian Moloney twins, Andrew and Jason.
"I'm ready for any fight my team puts in front of me. I have full faith in my promoter Nico (Nicholas Martinez) Dragon Fire Boxing Latino and my manager, the big bossman Tony (Tolj). Its tough here in Chile with COVID, I haven't fought since March and I can't wait to get back in the ring. I would like the WBO champion Nakatani or the WBA champion Artem Dalakian. I'm 25-years-old so I have some time and I will be patient," said Campos regarding his plans for the upcoming year.
His manager, Tolj, went on to discuss the strategy for the Chilean flyweight ahead of 2021.
"I have personally been on the ground floor since Andres’ third fight, he just gets better and better. He is a genuine rockstar in Chile and I'm proud he has remained very humble, especially during these difficult times with the pandemic. He hasn't fought for a little while, but he has probably done a couple of hundred rounds with Andrew and Jason (Moloney) in the states for their respective training camps," Tolj said.
By: Sanman Boxing
Sanman Boxing delivered another successful boxing event with the latest episode of its Bubble Series held at their stable gym in General Santos City. In the main event, “Magic” Mike Plania improved his record to W25-L1 as he dominated countryman Emmanuel Ogawa in a six round action. Score was 60-54 on all judges.
In the co-featured event, Jayson Mama remains undefeated and improved his record to W16-L0 as he battered Romshane Sarguilla from the opening bell. Sarguilla failed to answer the opening bell of the eight round thus awarding the stoppage win to Mama.
In the other co-featured bout, Jade Bornea kept his immaculate record and improved it to W16-L0 with a wide unanimous decision win over Roland Jay Biendima. The judges scored it 100-90 and 99-91twice all in favor of the undefeated Sanman protege.
The curtain raise showed John Vincent Pangga winning a four round unanimous nod against Elizer Ambon.
In as much as most bouts ended with decision wins, the all out action was present in every fight. “These warriors came to the ring all prepared for war. I commend all opponents for giving our boxers good quality fights. This shows the quality of match making that we do in our promotion. Thanks to our loyal followers and to all boxing fans”, Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil stated.
Miami, FL; On early Thursday morning President of All Star Boxing, Inc Felix "Tuto" Zabala Jr has announced he has signed a trio of Japanese prospects to an exclusive multi-year promotional agreement. Mikito Nakano (5-0 4 KO's), Kenji Fugita (1-0 1 KO) & Subaru Murata (Pro Debut) will look to invade the U.S this coming spring where they will make regular appearances on Zabala's long running hispanic boxing series " Boxeo Telemundo" which is slated to commence May 7th in Kissimmee, FL.
Mikito Nakano, 25, of Hiroshima, Japan but now residing in Tokyo were he represented Tokyo University of Agriculture during his amateur career, compiling a record of 68 wins with only 8 loses and multiple amateur crowns. Nakano has jumpstarted his career displaying great power with 4 knockouts in 5 fights, his trainer Carlos Linares of Venezuela has nicknamed the young phenom "Manos De Acero" meaning "Iron Fist".
"I am ready to invade the U.S and be Japans biggest boxing star" stated a Jubilant Mikito Nakano "Soon the World will see my Iron Fist"
Kenji Fujita, 27, of Kurashiki, Okoyama, Japan but also residing in Tokyo were he trains under the Teiken Boxing Gym. Fujita, is one of Japans best amateurs out of the bantamweight division were he had accomplished over 150 wins and traveled to multiple boxing tournaments including countries like Kazakhstan, Philippines and Aremnia amongst others. Fujita made his much anticipated pro debut at the famed Korakuen Hall this past March, stopping Motosuke Kimura in the 6th round.
"We are happy with our pro debut win this past march under Teiken promotions" noted Kenji Fujita " I am excited to soon be able to fight and train in the United States were I can acquire great experience for my professional career.
Subaru Murata, 23, from Iwade City, Japan represented Nihon University as a boxer were he has much success as an amatuer, in 2018 he won the All Japan Championship and the following year he took the "Excellent Fighter" award in Japans annual boxing award ceremony. Murata also fought in AIBA Youth Championships amongst other competitions where he finished 68-12 as an amateur and will now make the leap into the pro ranks.
"It is truly an honor for me to continue my career as a professional with such a legendary promotional company in Teiken" stated Murata " I can't wait to fight in the United States and show my skills at the International level"
We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Mr. Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions as we welcome this new generation of Teiken fighters" stated Felix Zabala " We look to showcase these prospects on our Boxeo Telemundo series which will help them grow a fanbase in the United States" Zabala added " The goal is for them to become International stars"
Teiken is the oldest Boxing club in Japan dating back to 1926, some of its world champions are Ryota Murata, Shisuke Yamanaka, Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares, Toshiaki Nishioka, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, Toshiyuki Igarashi, Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez RIP, David Griman, Eloy Rojas, Takahiro Ao, Jose Luis Bueno, Takashi Miura, amongst others.
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