Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Retains World Title
December 1, 2007 10:50pm CST
He has retained his IBO and IBF Title Via a 8th Round TKO over Mexican Maldonado. Donaire dictated most of the fight, he asserted his dominance by giving a cut to both his opponents eyes. (That must be some strong punches) He did this on the early part of the bout. The fight did not last the full length of 12 rounds. Congratulations Nonito!
2 Dec 07
this is something to celebrate. thank you for the news. nonito is proud of being a filipino. as a filipino too, i am proud of his achievement especially when he knocked out loud-mouthed darchinyan. and now hs win over darchinyan is no fluke. with this win, he can attempt to unite the belts of his weight. goodluck nonito. continue to make us proud.
• United States
6 Dec 07
As he expects several major challenges to come his way next year, Filipino world flyweight champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. is appealing to his American promoter to treat him like a real champion. Donaire is not demanding royal treatment. All the General Santos City native world champion wants from his American promoter Gary Shaw is to treat him appropriately. Donaire is coming off a spectacular 8th round technical knockout win over Mexican challenger Luis Maldonado Saturday night at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut. Apparently, everything did not go well for Team Donaire from the time the well-bred fighter began his training camp in Cebu. Donaire had an interview with this writer’s daily morning radio program "Sports Chat" which can be heard live via www.pbs.gov.ph. Donaire said Shaw was against their decision to train in Cebu in preparing for his first title defense. “I got to train, that’s all I got in my head. I came to the Philippines because I needed the training and he was against that. He may be afraid of me signing up with people and stuff like that,” said Donaire in an overseas telephone conversation. “Our training camp in Cebu went really great and I will do that again for my upcoming fights.” Donaire said he even had no idea who his challenger would be when they arrived in the Philippines for their one month training. “I had a lot to lose in the Maldonado fight and I need to take each fight seriously. You can’t just give me a one month notice for each fight,” revealed Donaire. “It doesn’t work that way for me anymore because I got to lose weight, train hard and each fight is harder for me.” A week before the fight, Donaire had no idea when they will leave for Connecticut as they still had to get their plane tickets from their promoter. “We were supposed to leave on Monday but we found out that we are flying the same day that night. We had to rush everything,“ said Donaire. “Maldonado’s plane ticket were already scheduled two weeks before everything. I didn’t know when we were flying out. I didn’t know anything.” Donaire was even disregarded when he asked Shaw about why were they not given the five rooms supposedly allotted for them based on the fight contract they signed. “I’m supposed to get five rooms in the contract and when I asked Gary he told me, who do you think you are, Manny Pacquiao?,” said Donaire. “I’ve never said or did anything to hurt his feelings.” Maldonado’s family, Donaire added, was given front row seats while his own family was at the back. Shaw also got the TV rights from local TV network Solar Sports to exclusively air the Donaire-Maldonado fight. Donaire however said they were never given a share of that earnings. “With the TV rights, he was paid a lot of money and I didn’t get a cent from it. For him he’s bossy in a lot of things. He wants what he wants and sometimes for me I got to do what I got to do,” added Donaire who is trained by his father Nonito, Jr. “For us, me and my dad, we’re just too nice sometimes we tend to let people walk over. But sometimes we just have to realize that we have to be treated right because each fight gets even harder from the last.” Donaire is still open to sit down with Shaw and have a more harmonious working relationship with the loquacious American impresario. “There’s a lot of miscommunications and it seems like he’s against us and we have to sit down with them and put the team together in order for us to really work things out,” said Donaire. “I’m not the type of person who picks who I fight. I let people who works with me do that. All I know is that I’m a fighter and I got to do what I got to do.” Donaire (19-1, 12 KO’s) won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) flyweight belts via a one-punch 5th round knockout win over Aussie Vic Darchinyan last July also in Connecticut. Donaire is one of four current Filipino world champions that include World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimum weight ruler Donnie Nietes, IBF 105-lb holder Florante Condes and WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa. Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) Internartional super featherweight belt, a title which is considered secondary to the regular title belt. Pacquiao however will get his chance of aiming for the regular WBC 130-lb title as he finally agreed to battle defending champion Juan Manuel Marquez on March 15 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. I like DOnaire alot and the kid is fun to watch. He is the real deal no doubth and the future of Phillipno boxing. I guess Gary Shaw is up to his bullsh*t again.