Nonito Donaire He taught us that, at 38, we still have to count on him in professional boxing. He got into the ring with a year and a half of inactivity, after that war he had with the Japanese Naoya inoue.
Last Saturday, just over 10 years after Nonito Donaire To be crowned for the first time in bantamweight, the Filipino once again strapped a belt at 118 pounds. 10 years after that night he brutally knocked out the Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel, Nonito delivered another brutal knockout to Nordine oubaali to win the world rooster championship of the CMB.
Daylight savings rules because it’s an extra hour you get to get to sit around and watch Nonito Donaire make Fernando Montiel do the guantanamo jitterbug pic.twitter.com/bcVgxsmjwz
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The race of Nonito it has been gigantic for its phenomenal victories. However, the most admirable thing is the way in which after losing, he comes back in a big way. It is the word resilience, made a boxer.
From his second fight, which he lost, to the big beating he gave him Nicholas walters, has known how to return from “among the dead.” In part, they were “wanted” defeats. Grace He should never have had a career at 122 pounds, nor at 126.
Yes, Grace He may well have won the 122 and 126-pound titles. But the ideal was to win the titles and return to their habitat, which really is 118 pounds. More unthinkable still, was to dabble in at 126 pounds, which was obviously suicidal to face the elite of that weight. In 122, we were already beginning to notice that it was not that strong.
It was seen that he was not dominant with fighters who on paper were supposed to be relatively easy wins.
Today, it is impressive to see Nonito, At his age, win a championship. And even more so, being a small weight, we know that they have a short life in boxing.
Therefore, his triumph is even more impressive. Nonito Donaire He has only lost one match at 118 pounds and went with Naoya Inoue, which we all know is a crack, one of the best Pound for Pound. Likewise, they faced each other when the Japanese was at his best, while the Filipino is far from his prime. Still, they had to eat it with piqué.
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What’s next for Nonito?
I don’t know about you, but I would like a rematch with Guillermo Rigondeaux, another unification match between them, but this time at 118 pounds. But for that, I would have Rigo to beat John Riel Casimero, another Filipino that the Cuban wants to join his record.
In short, there are already 13 world champions defeated, nine world titles in four divisions and champion in three different decades. Without a doubt, one of the best boxers of this millennium. Your name, Nonito Donaire.
*The author, DAMIÁN FERRER, it is The Boxing Philosopher, and you can follow him on his Facebook page.