WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight champion “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire earned a decisive second round TKO victory over “The Rooster” Fernando Montiel to capture the WBO and WBC Bantamweight crowns last night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs), who hasn’t been defeated since he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Rosendo Sanchez in March 2001 in his second professional bout, rocked Montiel (43-3-2, 33 KOs) with a left hook that sent the champion to the canvas.
"I hit him with a left hook, looked down and saw him twitching," said Donaire, 28, who has scored knockouts in nine of his last ten fights. "I knew the fight was over then."
Displaying surreal testicular fortitude, Montiel somehow made it back to his feet before referee Russell Mora halted the bout seconds later at 2:25 of the round.
"I needed to be strong but it was the speed that was the key. He left himself open and that gave me the advantage," the new bantamweight king said. "I was surprised he got up after I landed that flush shot."
Montiel had not been trumped since he lost a split decision to Jhonny Gonzalez for the WBO bantamweight title in May 2006.
Montiel, considered one of the preeminent pugilists ever to hail from the South of the Border, is one of four Mexican fighters to win world titles in three weight divisions along with Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Erik Morles and Marco Antonio Barrera.
After his impressive performance against a Mexican warrior, Donaire contemplated his immediate future in the ring.
"I just came out there believing in what I had," added Donaire. "I want to be undisputed in this weight class, if not I want to go up in weight."
Donaire is a past IBF and IBO world flyweight champ who is currently rated by Ring Magazine as the No. 4 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
“The Filipino Flash” is constantly compared to his fellow Filipino countryman, WBO welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs).
Pacquiao, the first prizefighter to win ten world titles in eight different weight divisions, is a three-time Fighter of the Year and one-time Fighter of the Decade.
“It’s a great honor to be compared to Manny Pacquiao,” said Donaire, 28. “I mean the guy has done what no one has ever done before. So for someone to throw a name at you like that, that’s a big compliment. It’s like if you’re starting out in basketball, and someone is calling you the next Michael Jordan. I’m like, 'thank you.'"
Granted, Donaire is very skilled and his rapid fists will likely earn him much future success in the ring.
Plus, “The Filipino Flash” has an eloquence and class about him that will eventually transcend to the mainstream public.
Nevertheless, at this juncture, Donaire is strictly being linked to Pacquiao because they both hail from the Republic of the Philippines.
“It’s unfair to compare anyone with Manny Pacquiao,” said Brad Sherwood, 30, a resident of South Boston (MA) who is employed as a personal trainer by Gold’s Gym in Medford. “Manny is in a class by himself.”
Despite the inane and premature comparisons to Pacquiao, Donaire is a tremendously talented pugilist and he will continue his ascension to greatness.
“The Filipino Flash” is simply not a flash in the pan.
Donaire is a scrapper who undoubtedly will be a menace in the squared circle for many years to come.