The Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire, moves up to bantamweight to face former titleholder Wladimir Sidorenko at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Nick Charles, Rich Marotta and Genaro Hernandez are on hand to call the action for Top Rank pay-per-view.
Donaire told Ines Sainz in his dressing room that he is ready for anything Sidorenko will throw at him and he plans on staying unpredictable. We've got several national anthems to hear before we get down to business: Ukraine, Philippines, Mexico and United States.
The tale of the tape shows that Donaire has a three-inch edge in height and reach. At 28, he's also six years younger than Sidorenko, though Vladimir only turned pro at age 25.
Sidorenko makes his way to the ring first. The Ukrainian owns a record of 22-2, though both of his losses came in his last three fights. This is his first fight in the U.S.
Donaire hears some cheers as he makes his way out. The Filipino Flash is 24-1 with 16 KOs, and he hasn't tasted defeat since his second professional fight back in 2001.
Michael Buffer handles the fighter introductions, and we are ready for a scheduled 12 rounds of boxing for an interim WBA belt.
Donaire is noticeably bigger even though he's the one coming up in weight. Sidorenko throws some tentative body shots while Donaire jabs. Nonito fires quick rights and short lefts. A left hook wobbles Sidorenko, who tries to battle while eating more shots.
Donaire's left hook crashes home several more times. There's a short right that scores for Donaire as well. A vicious overhand right sends Sidorenko to the mat late in the round, and he barely manages to survive the round.
Tylwalk: 10-8 Donaire
The announcers thought the fight should have been over, but Sidorenko does come out for the second frame. Donaire is picking his spots so well. Sidorenko tries to rush forward but it's mostly for naught. His face is ridiculously red right now.
Nonito pops stiff jabs and mixes in the occasional hook. There's a left uppercut and a left hook to punctuate the round for the Filipino Flash.
Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire
Donaire's corner told him he can end this fight any time he wants. Donaire switched to southpaw briefly at the end of the previous round, but he hasn't really needed any trickery.
Sidorenko is game, still coming forward and landing sporadic right hands. Donaire is content to jab until he can land a left hand counter that sends Sidorenko down again.
He's back up with roughly 40 seconds to go. Donaire stays very patient and scores with one more right.
Tylwalk: 10-8 Donaire
Sidorenko is bloody and battered but is still in there for now. He is trying to hook to the body to get something going.
Donaire circles and jabs, firing right hands as well. A shot makes Sidorenko take a knee, and the ref decides he has seen enough.
The winner by TKO at 1:48 of Round 4, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire.
Marotta gets in the ring and asks Donaire if he thought he could dominate that quickly. Nonito says he was highly motivated to win the fight in impressive fashion.
Donaire adds that he had a plan but didn't really need it because he felt his power was going to make a difference. He gives respect to Sidorenko, but feels his foe was pretty much out from the early knockdown.
Asked about his appeal to fans outside of the Philippines, Donaire gives some love to fans from various countries. He also gives credit to trainer Robert Garcia and the rest of his team.
Donaire end the post-fight interview by thanking the fans.