Bern, Switzerland – Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51KOs) stopped mandatory challenger Tony Thompson (36-3, 24KOs) in the sixth round of their rematch to retain the WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles. In their 2008 encounter, Wladimir knocked Thompson out in eleven rounds.

Boxing News

X HeavyweightX K2 PromotionsX SwitzerlandX Tony ThompsonX WBOX Wladimir Klitschko


Photos: Donaire Defeats Mathebula By Unanimous Decision

Home Depot Center, Carson, California – Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Jeffrey Mathebula (26-4-2, 14 KOs) to unify the WBO/IBF super bantamweight titles. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 119-108. Photos by German Villasenor.

HBO and Showtime want to feature WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in a fight card in July.

That’s the word from Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who told Standard that Donaire and his wife Rachel were in his offices in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Arum indicated they talked about Donaire’s next fight even as he revealed that HBO and Showtime were “both talking about a July date.”

As of now the opponent being considered is former world champion and classy boxer  Cristian Mijares even as Arum scuttled suggestions by promoter Fernando Beltran that Donaire take on featherweight champion Orlando Salido sometime after Donaire faces Jorge “Travieso” Arce perhaps in November and hopefully wins.

Arum wants Donaire to fight at super bantamweight for some time as Donaire himself has said he wants to unify the title by facing talented southpaw and WBC  champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan in a four-fight program he wishes to fulfill this year.

Donaire had his first fight this year when he won a comfortable twelve round unanimous decision over former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr in San Antonio, Texas last February 4.

He had previously won the WBC/WBO bantamweight title with a spectacular 2nd round knockout of Mexican veteran Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel on February 19, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel and Casino and then scored a twelve round shutout in his first title defense against undefeated two-division champion Omar Andres Narvaez of Argentina on October 22, 2011 at The Theater in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Donaire then moved up in weight and captured the WBO super bantamweight title.

The 29 year old who is ranked No. 4 in the Ring Magazine pound for pound list behind “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao, undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr and middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez is expected in Manila on Sunday for the 12th Annual Gabriel “Flash” Elorde awards at the Dusit Thani hotel where congressman Pacquiao will be the guest of honor and speaker.

Mijares is a 30 year old southpaw with a record of 44-6-2 with 20 knockouts and is coming off back to back TKO victories. He is the former WBO bantamweight champion but has moved up to super bantamweight in recent fights.

He scored a 3rd round TKO over Jonathan Perez (19-8, 16 KO’s) on September 10, 2011 followed by another 3rd round TKO over Alejandro Valdez (25-6-2, 19 KO’s) on December 17, 2011.

Mijares is scheduled to face another former  WBO bantamweight champion Cruz Carbajal for the WBC International silver title on March 31.


by Ronnie Nathanielsz

As an amateur, Donaire won three national amateur championships (National Silver Gloves in 1998, National Junior Olympics in 1999, and the National USA Tournament in 2000) and won one international amateur championships (International Junior Olympics in 1999). He began his 2001 and quickly won his first regional title (WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title) a year later, defeating Kaichon Sor Vorapin by knockout in the second round.

It was not until 2007 that he claimed his first world title when he defeated previously unbeaten IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan by fifth round technical knockout. Donaire made three successful defenses of his title until he decided to move up in weight to challenge Rafael Concepcion for the interim WBA jr. bantamweight title. He went on to defeat Concepcion by unanimous decision. He defended his

WBA interim title twice and, once again, moved up in weight to challenge Fernando Montiel for his WBO/WBC bantamweight titles. In spectacular fashion, Donaire knocked out Montiel in two rounds. Donaire then faced Argentinian Omar Narvaez in New York City on October 22. In a slow action fight, Donaire cruised to earn a unanimous decision victory over Narvaez.

Once again, Donaire decided to move up in weight and challenge Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO Jr. Featherweight title, in search for his fourth title in a different division. Even after apparently suffering an injury to his left hand, Donaire went on to defeat Vazquez by split decision and captured the vacant WBO Jr. Featherweight title


1. WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight Champion

2. NABF Super Flyweight Champion

3. WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Champion


1. IBF Flyweight Champion

2. WBA Jr. Bantamweight Champion

3. WBC Bantamweight Champion

4. WBO Bantamweight Champion

5. WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion

MEXICAN Jorge Arce has accepted the challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight titleholder Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. that could possibly takes some time in May or June.

In response to Donaire’s challenge, the 31-year-old Arce (59-6-2 win-loss-draw card with 45 knockouts) also told the 29-year-old Filipino, who recently beat up Wilfredo Vazquez through a 12-round split decision that he’s not Manny Pacquiao.

“It’s a highly anticipated fight [against Donaire],” Arce, the present WBO bantamweight champion, told writer Salvador Rodriguez of over the weekend. “The people are asking for it because Nonito beat Vazquez, the fighter I knocked out.”

Arce, who will fight on February 18 against Lorenzo Parra in a non-title bout in Mexico, said that he would put Donaire back where he really belongs. If Arce comes out victorious, he will immediately move up to the super bantamweight class to face Donaire.

“I’m not impressed with the way he fights. I have the style to beat him. He says he’s the best of the division and I just say that I’ll beat him. I will demonstrate that he’s not the monster that they say and not a successor to Pacquiao,” Arce told Rodriguez.

But Donaire (28-1 with 18 knockouts), who is now a four weight division champion from flyweight, super flyweight, bantam to super bantamweight, reiterated his claim that Arce won’t beat him.


Written by : JOSEF T. RAMOS

Nonito Donaire reportó a través de su cuenta de Twitter que “no tiene fracturas ni huesos rotos” en su puño izquierdo, por lo cual espera que su restablecimiento continúe sin problemas y pueda complacer el plan de su promotor, Bob Arum, para medirse con Jorge “Travieso” Arce en un choque de campeones mundiales reconocidos por la Organización Mundial de Boxeo.

“La sangre fue producto de la piel rota y una vena que se reventó y que también causo inflamación”, aseveró Donaire, quien el sábado se proclamó monarca supergallo de la OMB al vencer por puntos a Wilfredo Vázquez júnior, en San Antonio.


San Antonio, Texas — “THE HEAT IS ON” —  (L-R) Superstar three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez,Jr. have an intense heated exchange during the posedown at the press conference at the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas, Thursday for their upcoming WBO Jr. Featherweight title fight, Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Donaire battles Vazquez Jr. in this double-header blockbuster event and undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defends his title against Marco Antonio Rubio in the other main event. — Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.


A word war that erupted between the camps of Nonito Donaire Jr. and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. could just be a prelude to a seething slugfest in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight title fight this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) at the Alamodome in Texas.

Apparently, one daring message on twitter courtesy of Vazquez’s wife had the `Filipino Flash’ annoyingly responding back, but in a manner epitomizing him as a former two-time world champion.

In his account, Donaire, 29, twitted, “Ok, didn’t know Vazquez’s wife talks crap, when WV2 (Wilfredo Vazquez Jr) doesn’t.”

The Filipino boxing star is obviously reacting to an earlier twit made by Jacklyn Roman, wife of Vazquez Jr., who told Donaire, `Your scared! See you there!

Although obviously irritated, Donaire said he’d rather not be dragged in a heated exchange of words, and instead, will just look forward at meeting the Puerto Rican namesake and son of former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, this weekend in San Antonio.

“My wife and I have had nothing but respect for WV2, but if you all wanna talk crap, go ahead. I’m not like that,” Donaire said.

Vazquez’s wife allegedly only reacted on an earlier twit reportedly posted by Rachel Donaire, Nonito’s wife. But the Filipino couple denied having ever talked about or better yet, badmouthed Vazquez in social networking sites.

“Ok, like I said bro, I respected you and your dad. I don’t know why it turned to trash talking. But either way, I look forward to fighting someone like you,” added Donaire, the former flyweight and bantamweight champion of the world.

The exchange of twits further pumped up Donaire for the 12-round bout that co-headlines the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight championship match between undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marco Antonio Rubio.

Unlike his previous title fights, Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) admitted he has no problem making the 122-lbs. weight limit this time.

The California-based Filipino even had the benefit of taking dinner now as he did for two straight days at Joe’s Crab Shack.

“It feels good to eat everything and anything,” said Donaire, who arrived in the heart of Texas a day ahead of Vazquez.

After working out at the ChampionFit gym Tuesday, Donaire declared himself in the `best shape’ of his career.

“I feel so strong. I’m untouchable,” he told ABS-CBN reporter Dyan Castillejo later on.

Donaire has not lost in the last 10 years, a stretch that saw him on a 25-fight win streak, including a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision against Omar Andres Narvaez in his last bout four months ago at the Madison Square Garden in New York to successfully retain his WBO and WBC bantamweight titles.

In contrast, Vazquez (21-1, 18 KOs), suffered his first career loss just a year ago, a 12-round technical knockout against tough Mexican Jorge Arce to yield his WBO super-bantamweight crown.

But he’s coming off a third-round demolition of Roberto Carlos Leyva also last October.


By: Gerry Ramos


San Antonio, Texas —  “DONAIRE HITS SAN ANTONIO” —  Superstar three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire signs autographs for fans after arriving in San Antonio,Texas, Monday for his upcoming WBO Jr. Featherweight title fight against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Saturday, Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions,All Star Boxing and Tecate, Donaire battles Vazquez Jr. in this double-header blockbuster event and undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defends his title against Marco Antonio Rubio in the other main event. — Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

Former super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1, 18KOs) believes he is one week away from shocking the boxing world on February 4th in San Antonio, Texas – when he faces Filipino Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18KOs) for the vacant WBO title. HBO will televise. Vazquez feels that he corrected his mistakes from last May, when Jorge Arce knocked him out in the twelfth round of their Las Vegas clash.

“I prepared myself thoroughly and that’s why I stayed away from the media. I was alone in my gym. I changed my train schedule and included many new people to my team. And now I have no concerns. The pressure is on Nonito Donaire. The only ones I care to trust around me are my wife, my daughter and my team,” he said.

Vazquez respects Donaire and credits him for being a great athlete, but he also says the Filipino boxer is not invincible and although many people are trying to project him as such – he is not another Manny pacquiao either.

“It’s a great opportunity and he is a great athlete but not invincible. Everyone wants to imitate Manny Pacquiao and that is a big mistake. I have seen thousands of fighters and I have not seen anyone who can move in the ring like Edwin “Chapo” Rosario. These are qualities that life gives to one person to have originality. And I am calm and at peace. I’m going to surprise everyone, even the people who want to see me lose. I am ready to prove people wrong,” Vazquez said.


By Rey Colon

NONITO “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is very sharp and ready to put on a show when he goes after the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title against former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 5 (Manila time) in a fight to be telecast live by ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia, himself a former world champion, told the Manila Standard that Donaire was looking very sharp and ready to put on a spectacular performance.

“Donaire had different sparring partners that are heavier and stronger and he’s been able to spar very well against guys that are lightweights and junior lightweights and are not taking it easy,” Garcia revealed.

The trainer noted that undefeated Russian featherweight Evgeny Gradovich (11-0, 6 KOs) and Javier Garcia, the 22-year-old lightweight and trainer’s nephew, who has a record of 7-2 with 6 knockouts, have been working hard when they spar with Donaire.

“I’m hoping that Vazquez comes out with a good game plan because I don’t want the fight to be too easy,” said Garcia. “I’ve been watching tapes of Vazquez’ fights. He’s a fighter that became world champion, but is not very experienced (since he had no amateur background).”

However, Donaire’s trainer conceded that Vazquez is strong.

“He hits hard and is one of those Puerto Ricans that fights with pride and honor for his country, so he will be in good shape, but there are a lot of things I see that Nonito will take advantage of,” said Garcia.

While Donaire is comparatively slim, Garcia said “he is a couple of inches taller and then the reach will be much better for Nonito, but we are not taking this lightly at all because we know anything can happen in the sport. But I see a lot of things that will work for Nonito and should work out during the fight.” Ronnie Nathanielsz

With a new test and weight class waiting for him to conquer, “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire, Jr. stopped by dBoxing Source Radio show to discuss his rise in weights as well as his status as one of the top pound for pound boxers in the sport.

Asked about how he’s handling going up to 122 in camp thus far, Donaire welcomed the fact that he can eat more these days, but also admitted that he might have to stay at the weight for a little while as he intends to build up muscle weight and properly move up.

“I’m a taller guy for the lower weight class, but physically I’m lighter, because I’m skinny. So we’re just trying to build up a lot of muscle right now. I think I’ll be at 122 for a little bit. I’m struggling in creating more muscles and I’m working on that. To feel at home at 122 and 126, that’s something I need to work on as time goes by. Right now I’m looking at 122 as the most I’m going up until I can say that I can take care of these guys and then go up to 126,” Donaire said.

(Listen to this interview by clicking this link)

Staying at 122 to further establish his star isn’t a bad idea either with potential explosive match-ups against the likes of WBC champ Toshiaki Nishioka, newly crowned WBA champ Guillermo Rigondeaux and other names like Jorge Arce and Abner Mares who can easily move up to 122.

At the moment, however, Donaire is focused on the task as hand which is to win the WBO strap against its former owner Wilfedo Vazquez, Jr. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 4.

“I’m the type to look at what’s in front of me. 122 is where I’m going to stand right now and see how I’m going to do with the stars at 122. If I can dominate like I dominated at 118, of course I want to challenge myself and move up to 126,” Donaire emphasized and added, “but  like I said, I am fighting Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. who is a tough oppoenent, and that’s my only focus right now.”

One of boxing’s brightest stars, Nonito Donaire, was again spotted training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, ahead of his February 4th HBO-televised clash with former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

Donaire, the reigning WBO and WBC bantamweight champion, is moving up to the junior featherweight class to meet Vazquez for the vacant WBO belt, the same crown the Puerto Rican used to hold before his TKO loss to Jorge Arce in May of last year.

Under the watchful eye of his trainer Robert Garcia, Donaire sparred six spirited rounds with undefeated featherweight prospect Evgeny Gradovich. Originally hailing from Russia, Gradovich pressed Donaire and you could tell Nonito is still adjusting to the size difference with his move up in weight.

That being said, Donaire was equally effective with his blazing counters and didn’t back down from the challenge.

February 4th is inching closer and so too is Donaire beginning to become more well-rounded in camp.

Looks like undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina isn’t having any weight issues as he sits down for healthy lunch as he prepares to take on WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in his title defense, on Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark.

Narvaez and his team are at the Affinia Hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhatthan in front of Madison Square Garden. His team consists of trainer Ruperto Ruiz, his brothers Jorge and Daniel, Dr. Franco De Turris, manager Osvaldo Rivero and Esteban Livera, owner of Luna Park.

Narvaez’s team reports that he trains twice a day. Aerobics in the morning and boxing in the afternoon. He is close to the weight and in good physical condition.

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank