Filipino Flash takes revenge
Nonito Donaire knocked our Jorge Arce in the third round in Houston, Texas, on Saturday night.
But that is only part of the story. The little Filipino, the WBO super-bantamweight champion, took revenge on behalf of his countryman Manny Pacquiao, who had been knocked out by a Mexican the previous weekend, and on behalf of their nation.
Donaire produced a command performance against a former WBC light-flyweight, WBC, WBA and IBF super-flyweight, WBO bantamweight and WBO super-bantamweight champion who had won 46 fights by knockout.
Arce was knocked down in the second round, one glove briefly touching the canvas after Donaire, nicknamed the Filipino Flash, had clubbed him with a left to the back of the head.
The Mexican went down again in the third, mainly as a result of a couple of late blows as he stumbled into the ropes. He was soon back on his feet but there was no respite as Donaire went after him, throwing blows from every angle.
A crisp left on the chin dumped Arce on the floor and referee Laurence Cole called it over and out with one second of the round to go.
The previous week it was Pacquiao who lay motionless on the deck, face down, after Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez had knocked him cold. This time it was the Mexican who needed medical attention as Arce lay on his back. Boxing fans in the Philippines rejoiced.
Arce announced after the bout that he was retiring; an example that many feel Pacquiao should follow.
With Pacquiao clearly near the end his his career after winning titles in eight divisions, Donaire is ready to take over as the pride of the Philippines. He is a classy boxer, with all the skills to go with dynamic approach.
He was making the third defence of the WBO junior featherweight title. His record improved to 31-1, with 20 knockouts. He has also held the IBF flyweight and WBC and WBO bantamweight titles.
Donaire won the vacant WBO junior featherweight belt in February this year when he beat Wilfredo Vasquez Jr on a split decision.
He retained the title against South African Jeffrey Mathebula, whom he beat on points, and Toshiaki Nishioka, who was stopped in the ninth.
The 30-year-old Donaire has also beaten the likes of Vic Darchinyan, Rafael Concepcion, Fernando Montiel and Hernan Marquez.
Arce’s record now stands at 60-7-2, with 46 knockouts. The last time he lost before he ran into Donaire was on September 15, 2009 when South African Simphiwe Nongqayi beat him. He later avenged the result.
On the undercard, Daniel Sandoval was taken the full distance for the first time in his professional career but he beat Daniel Sandoval on points – 59-55, 60-54 and 60-54 – in a junior middleweight fight.
Sandoval’s record improved to 30-2, including 29 short-cut victories. Smith’s dropped to 10-14; 6.
Jose Felix knocked out Meachor Major in the third round of a lightweight bout to improve to 22-0-1; 18.
London: George Groves beat 43-year-old former champion Glen Johnson on points to retain his Commonwealth super middleweight title. Groves improved to 15-0; 12 and Johnson dropped to 51-18-2; 35. The scores were 120-107 on two cards and 119-109.
Ontario, Canada: Nevin Pajkic improved to 17-1; 5 and retained the Canadian heavyweight title when he beat Shane Andreesen (12-4; 7) by 99-91 and by 100-90 on the other two cards.
Montreal, Canada: Jean Pascal, a former WBC light-heavyweight champion, beat Aleksy Kuziemski on points, improving his record to 27-2-1; 15.
Kuziemski, a former Olympian, was knocked down twice and his record dropped to 23-5; 7. The scores were 98-90 on two cards and 100-88.
Middleweight David Lemieux (28-2; 27) stopped Russian Albert Ayrapetyan (20-4; 9) in the second round.