Fresh off another one-sided, dominating, even humiliating performance on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Nonito Donaire easily defeated the South African champion and took his IBF belt, making him the unified WBO and IBF 122lbs champion.
For those of us in attendance at the chilly cold outdoor venue Saturday night, we saw an aggressive Donaire attacking, and even toying with the intimidated and much taller Mathebula who was on the back pedal for virtually all 12 rounds of the fight.
Many fight fans in attendance even began to boo Mathebula for essentially running and just going into survival mode. You would even start to wonder how is this fighter even a world champion fighting the way he did?
Or is Nonito simply just that good that once his opponents feel the true power of his punches in the first few rounds, they automatically go into survival mode for the remaining 10 rounds of the fight?
One solution to this is to place The Filipino Flash against a true elite Mexican warrior champion who fights like a true Mexican warrior, meaning they stand toe to toe and are more than willing to trade and go out swinging than to do a power moonwalk for 10 rounds.
During the post-fight interview with Max Kellerman many fight fans ringside were chanting: "Abner Mares," who is the WBC 122lbs champion and who many have been wanting to see fight Donaire ever since they both have been dominating at 118lbs.
Both fighters are now campaigning at 122lbs and are pretty much the biggest names and best at their weight class.
Mares is Mexican-American and has been gaining more and more popularity among the huge Mexican and Mexican-American Los Angeles community where he spent most of his life. Abner is a very skilled fighter who not only knows how to brawl but also how to box very intelligently.
After the fight, many fight fans were mobbing Mares for pictures and autographs.
It appears both Donaire and Mares are more than willing to fight one another, but their rival promoters: Top Rank and Golden Boy may not want to make the fight happen due to their ongoing feud.
Reports are already indicating Donaire's next opponent is pretty much going to be Mexican veteran former champion Jorge Arce, who made a successful career out of fighting in a more traditional toe-to-toe bloody war type of fighting style.
Some of the journalists after the fight at the post-fight conference (which none of the fighters even attended) expressed to me that they feel Donaire needs a real true challenge or at least a fighter who will be willing to stand in front of him and fight. This would mean a prime, elite Mexican warrior would probably make for a much better fight against Donaire than his last three opponents did.
Arce, in his prime, was the type of fighter that would fight on in a bloody mess with his face dripping red and he would often let that blood he saw on his face fuel him to fight even harder and get that "W."
But based on Arce's last performance and confusing result against Jesus Rojas, which in a short two rounds that ended in a no-contest due to unintentional fouls, many began to question if he is still able to be the force he once was. (Check out my interview with the referee of Arce/Rojas Kenny Bayless.)
My personal opinion is, Arce was indeed unable to continue for getting the very hard fouled punches to his groin and the back of the ear which pretty much damaged his equilibrium and hearing so he was not able to continue.
On my way to the post fight conference for Manny Pacquiao vs. Bradley, on June 9, a woman in charge of the conference was trying to convince Arce to just come in quick and only answer two questions. Arce agreed and he still looked in terrible pain from the fouled punches.
Will a healthy Arce provide a better fight against the "Man" at 122lbs Nonito Donaire? I think their fight should be a good entertaining one...for as long as it lasts.
Donaire, especially at this point of their careers, may be too much for the veteran Mexican former champion. Donaire's superior speed, power and counter-punching will eventually most likely stop Arce should they meet in October as it has been discussed.
The only difference is that Arce will go out swinging, as a true Mexican warrior does not run backwards or become a bashful turtle, blocking and forgetting that fans actually paid hard-earned money to watch this fight.
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