Nonito ‚Äúthe Filipino Flash‚Äù Donaire, Jr. stunningly defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight belt yesterday in the Pinoy Power 3/Latin Fury 13 showdown against Manuel ‚ÄúChango‚Äù Vargas at the Las Vegas Hilton.
The 27-year-old Pinoy champ knocked out Vargas on the 3rd round of the match. Donaire landed 35 out of the 106 punches thrown while Vargas merely landed 4 out of 45 punches. Donaire retained his title and improved his record to 23-1 (15 KOs).
In his a post-fight interview, Donaire said: ‚ÄúI felt that he could not back me up when I throw my jab. He could have pressured me then made it a different game cuz i would have boxed a little bit but in the last round we figured him out. My corner was telling me ‚ÄòRelax, you‚Äôre too stiff.‚Äô‚Äù
Donaire, meantime, said he is setting his sights on the WBA and World Boxing Council (WBC) unified super flyweight belts of Armenian Vic Darchinyan.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what I came for and hopefully I‚Äôll get that fight. I‚Äôm here, I‚Äôm a fighter but I gotta listen to my guys.‚Äù
Donaire knocked out Darchinyan in the 5th round of their bout in 2007. He won the Armenian‚Äôs International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title.
‚ÄúFor me, when you ask a fighter if they‚Äôre gonna fight, you know I‚Äôm definitely gonna fight especially if I can acquire two belts.‚Äù
On the other hand, the presence of the Filipino boxing sensation and 7-division champion Manny ‚ÄúPacman‚Äù Pacquiao boosts the morale of the Pinoy boxers during the event. Pacquiao take a break on his rigid training in preparation for Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight to support fellow Pinoy boxers. Aside from the Pacman, fallen fighter ZC Oliveros ‚ÄúZ‚Äù Gorres was also at ringside.
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