Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire bagged the World Boxing Council bantamweight championship title after he knocked out France’s Nordine Oubaali in a match at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The Filipino pride said that he is knowledgeable on where to catch his opponent. For the first two rounds, Donaire had learned his choices and finally launched his attack when he worked it out.
His opponent kicked off the fight with several activities, throwing many right jabs. The Filipino Flash, on the other hand, became more efficient in his moves but eventually released hard right straights.
Oubaali continued to give much pressure in the second round. He was launching more punches but Donaire continued to learn when to come in as he was staying still on his counters, gathering more confidence and power.
Finally, in a moment, the Filipino fighter marked his boxing existence as among the bests.
With 45 minutes left in the third round, Donaire hit with his celebrated left hook and recorded a knockdown. His opponent still tried to get up, rocking Donaire with a left straight. The Filipino fighter, however, released a larger blow with another hook right when the time was up.
The referee said Donaire had hit before the bell. He counted to eight for Oubaali.
Oubaali tried to defend his title and was permitted to go on despite standing on shaky legs. But the round break was short for Oubaali to regain strength as the Filipino fighter went on him in the next round. Donaire let go of a combination of hook-straight-uppercut which finally brought down Oubaali.
“The king has returned,” Donaire, 38, said as he became the oldest boxer to bag a world title in the bantamweight division.