After comeback win, Donaire wants world title shot

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


QUEZON CITY - Nonito Donaire Jr. still has what it takes to compete with the cream of the crop in the super bantamweight division after a stellar comeback win.

Some have said that Donaire Jr.’s (34-3, 21 KOs) days of being an elite fighter is already done following a devastating knockout defeat to Nicholas Walters but he proved thay he still is one of the best in the game after handily disposing of Brazilian William Prado (22-5-1, 15 KOs) the other night in Pinoy Pride 30 - “D-Day” at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 32-year-old former five division world champion stopped Prado in just two rounds to claim the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantanweight crown.

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Donaire Jr. pummeled a defensive oriented Prado the whole night before rocking him with a left uppercut and finishing him off with a barrage of punches in the 2:16 mark of the second round.

“This proves that I can still compete with the likes of world champs. It’s just a matter of being ready,” said Donaire Jr. after the fight.

“After hitting rock bottom, being a Filipino, we rise up no matter what.”

Donaire Jr. hopes to get a title shot soon and face the best of the 122-pound division like a rematch with Guillermo Rigondeaux and a world title match with current World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight king Leo Santa Cruz.

“That”s something that I’m looking at. I can still fight at the elite level with the likes of Rigondeaux and Santa Cruz,”
Albert Pagara (23-0, 15 KOs) retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental super bantamweight strap with a stoppage win over Mexican Rodolfo Hernandez (26-6-1, 24 KOs).

Pagara dropped Hernandez in the first round with a solid right straight. Hernandez beat the count and fought on up until the fourth. The fight was stopped going into the fifth round because Hernandez couldn’t continue after injuring his right hand.

Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 17 KOs) snagged the WBO International bantamweight belt with a fourth round stoppage over Ghanaian Prosper Ankrah (24-5, 15 KOs).

In the undercard, AJ Banal (33-2-1, 22 KOs) outclassed game Indonesian Junior Bajawa (14-6, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision; Joepher Montano (3-0, 2 KOs) knocked ouy Aussie Tyson Maher (0-2) in tje second round; Jesson Umbal (8-3, 6 KOs) beat Eric Panza (7-4-1, 1 KO) by unanimous decision; and Ralph Lulu (11-0-2, 5KOs) had a successful ring return with a majority decision over Gerry Patenio (4-8-2, 2 KOs).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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