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.

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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.

San Carlos, California—WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, with his high altitude simulation training mask on, hits the mitts in preparation for his upcoming world title unification fight against IBF champion Jeffery “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula of Johannesburg, South Africa. Donaire will headline a spectacular Top Rank promoted doubleheader event, Saturday,July 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson,California that will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®. In the other main event, Kelly Pavlik, former world champion from Youngstown,Ohio will rumble with Will “Power” Rosinsky of New York. —- Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

Trainer and former world champion Robert Garcia says WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is in “real good shape” as he prepares for his planned July 21 title defense possibly against former world super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares or IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa.

Garcia told the Standard that he had visited Donaire who had begun training, some two weeks ago,  and “he already looked in real good shape. He looked solid, very strong.”

He said he would join Donaire who trains at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas once the date and opponent are finalized and that he would travel to Vegas to personally  handle Donaire’s training.

Garcia said while he hadn’t any idea of who Top Rank and Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin have picked as an opponent he said that if its Mijares “well be okay. It’s a tough fight because Mijares is a great champion so it will be an interesting fight.”

One of the emerging top trainers Garcia emphasized that Donaire is “ready for anybody. He doesn’t make those decisions. Its Cameron Dunkin who is the best in the business so he knows whom he’s going to match him (Donaire) up with. Cameron and Top Rank do their job and we’ll be ready to do the same.”


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

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

Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo, San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina – Before a crowd of 27,000 fans, Argentina’s Jessica Patricia Marcos (18-0-1, 6KOs) captured the WBO’s female super bantamweight title with unanimous ten round decision over American-Filipina Ana Julaton (10-2, 1KO).

Julaton set a fast pace in the beginning, although Marcos always displayed the harder punches. Julaton scored a knockdown in the second after a left hand to the jaw, but Marcos recovered quickly and started pumping a southpaw jab to frustrate Julaton, and followed up the jab with right cross power shots. Julaton was unable to find a solution for Marcos’ hard shots to the body and well-timed uppercuts.

Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) scored it 98-91, Ignacio Robles (Panama) saw 96-92, and Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico) had it 98-92 – all in favor of Marcos. scored it 97-92 for the new champion.


By Nicolas Samuilov,

Wearing a beautiful light blue bikini, the WBO regular super bantamweight champion Phil-Am Ana Julaton weighed-in 122 lbs (55,300Kg), while her opponent WBO interim super bantamweight queen Argentina’s Yessica Patricia Marcos of Argentina registered 120.8 lbs (54,800 kg) ahead of their WBO unification clash of tomorrow Friday March 16 at the Amphitheater Juan Pablo II in Ciudad San Martín in Mendoza, Argentina.

After the weights, both girls faced off for the cameras, Julaton looking taller than Marcos. Nevertheless, both fighters appeared relaxed and in good shape during the official weight-in ceremony at el Paseo de la Patria.

After the weight-in, Marcos said “I respect Ana because she a champion, but I have confidence on me. I have had a good training camp and I am going to win tomorrow.”

The gorgeous Pinay Ana Julaton, 31, had her last fight in September, in which the Filipina defended her WBO super bantamweight crown by a unanimous decision win over Jessica Villafranca in Yucatán, Mexico.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old undefeated Yessica Marcos (18-0-1, 6KOs), known as the “Assassin Bonbon,” comes from a fifth round technical KO victory over then WBA interim champ Simone Da Silva of Brazil last October in Mendoza.

Trainers for Ana “The Hurracaine” Julaton and Yessica Marcos have expressed confidence on the work done.

Martin Diaz, Yessica’s trainer, has said that her pupil is ready to become the regular champion:

“The last three weeks we had more than 50 rounds of sparring sessions. The last of them went for 11 rounds with a variety of intense sparring partners, in which Yessica came to throw many good punches. The good training has satisfied me, anyways, fights are fights,” said the trainer.

In contrast, the Julaton Team has not allowed media access to her training. However, Angelo Reyes, Ana Julaton’s trainer commented:

“We know how Yessica Marcos’s boxing is, so have trained hard. We are ready.”

The neutral WBO fight officials are from Puerto Rico and Panama:

Referee of the combat will be the experienced Roberto Ramirez Sr of Puerto Rico, who was the third man in the Orlando Salido thrilling victory over Juanma Lopez last Saturday.

One of the judges will be Cesar Ramos of Puerto Rico, another official at the Salido vs Lopez fight. Amazingly, Cesar Ramos’s had in his scorecard that his fellow Puerto Rican Juanma Lopez was winning by two points, 86-84.

The other two judges are: Jose Roberto Torres of Puerto Rico and Ignacio Robles of Panama.

The WBO supervisor is Rolando Marcos Hermoso of Panama.

Yessica Marcos and Ana Julaton will climb the ring at 22:00 hours Argentina time as the fight will be broadcast live on TyC Sports.

This WBO title fight is organized by veteran Argentina promoter Osvaldo Rivero.

Osvaldo Rivero was the promoter of the fateful fight card in which Filipino Johnrieil Casimero knocked out Argentina’s Luis “El Mosquito” Lazarte to become new interim IBF interim light flyweight champion.

See video of Ana Julaton and Yessica Marcos during the official weight ceremony in in this link of TyC Sports:


By Carlos Costa

Today in Argentina took place the official presscon for this Friday’s world boxing title clash between gorgeous fight girls champions from Argentina and The Philippines: 26-year-old undefeated WBO interim super bantamweight champion Yésica Patricia “El bombón asesino” Marcos (18-0-1, 6KOs) of Argentina and WBO regular super bantamweight queen 31-year-old Phil-Am Ana Julaton (10-2-1, 1KO) who will clash in a unification combat this Friday March 16 in Mendoza, Argentina.

WBO officials have been named:

Referee will be veteran third man Roberto Ramírez Sr of Puerto Rico; Judges: César Ramos of Puerto Rico, Roark Young of USA and Ignacio Robles of Panama. WBO supervisor: Rolando Marcos Hermoso of Panama.

Promoter and matchmaker: Orlando Rivero of O.R. Promotions

Venue: Anfiteatro Juan Pablo II in Ciudad de San Martín, Provincia de Mendoza, República Argentina.

Local Commission: Federacion Argentina de Box (FABOX)

Broadcast: Live on TyC Sports TV

Fight time: 9pm (Argentina Time)


By Carlos Costa

Eat, train, sleep, repeat. Eat, train, sleep, repeat. Eat, train, sleep, repeat. That’s been WBO female super bantamweight champ Ana ‘The Hurricane’ Julaton’s life these past 8 weeks. You can say she lived and breathed boxing in preparation for what she considers her biggest fight to date in Argentina, against undefeated challenger Yesica Marcos this Friday, March 16.

With just a couple of days away, Julaton has finished up the final touches of her preparations at the Hercules Gym in San Martin with trainer Angelo Reyes, and is raring to go.

“I’m really looking forward to this fight. Is it going to be the biggest stage? Absolutely. I always look for that. I strive for that,” Julaton told me in our most recent conversation. “I feel like it’s my responsibility as a world champion, especially as a female fighter, to go out there and take on the biggest challenges,” added the Daly City, California native.

A huge Argentinian crowd of more than 30,000 is expected to show up at the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin to cheer on their boxing heroine Marcos. Female boxing is huge in Argentina (as seen on the attached video in this page), and Julaton believes that by successfully defending her crown on such a big stage, will not only set her up for bigger fights in the future, but will also help women’s boxing get its due recognition.



GMA Network, Inc. (GMA), home of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, signed another boxing luminary in Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton, current IBA and WBO Women’s Super Bantamweight champion, to a 3-fight deal beginning with her upcoming match against Argentinean Yesica “La Leona” Marcos this March.

The forthcoming fight is in defense of Julaton’s WBO Super Bantamweight title and will be held in Marcos’ hometown in San Martin, Argentina.

Julaton, who has always been identified as a Kapuso fighter, is pleased to be reunited with GMA Network and describes the experience as “refreshing”. “I am happy my promoter, Allan Tremblay of Orion Sports, and I are one with GMA Network again”, said the Filipina fighter.

“GMA Network has such a powerful reach that I feel like I am able to inspire fellow Kapusos all over the globe using my image as a Filipina succeeding in such a brutal, not to mention, male-dominated sport. My heart goes out to all my Filipino supporters, and to GMA for supporting me and for sharing my story,” Julaton continued.

GMA never ceased to believe in Julaton’s qualities not only as a professional boxer, but more so as a Filipino who brings pride and honor to the country. GMA will air the match dubbed as “Laban ng Lahi presents: Giyera Sa Argentina Ana Julaton vs Yesica Marcos” on March 18, Sunday, 11 am via satellite from Mendoza, Argentina.

Julaton is already in Argentina all set to defend her WBO title next week. (GMA Network)

Mendoza, Argentina – Three-time World Champion Ana “ The Hurricane” Julaton (10-2-1) arrived safe and sound in Argentina for her WBO Female Jr. Featherweight title defense against the undefeated Yesica Marcos (18-0-1) on March 16.

Accompanied by trainer and manager Angelo Reyes, and team photographer Alfredo Perez, Julaton was greeted with a boquet of flowers for the mayor of San Martin, Jerge Omar Jimenez in celebration of Women’s Day.

Yesterday, WBO female super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton was spotted in the main lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, as she and her team were in the process of officially leaving the city after wrapping up their latest training camp.

The destination is the city of San Martin in Argentina, as Julaton will be defending her crown against local favorite Yesica Patricia Marcos on March 16th. Joining Julaton were team members Angelo Reyes and Alfredo Perez, as we followed the crew from the MGM to the nearby McCarran airport, as they made way for their 2 PM flight exiting from American Airlines.

If the fight were tomorrow, 3-time World Champion and current WBO Female Jr. Featherweight Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton says she is more than ready to go. Of all her training camps, this one stood out for the level of focus and concentration Julaton and her team put in, and it shows in her physique during her last training session in Las Vegas, Tuesday afternoon.

Sporting strands of golden locks which she says represents the colors of the three stars and the sun in the flag of the Philippines, Julaton is ripped and firing at all cylinders. With the help of trainer Angelo Reyes, Julaton and her team went on lockdown with nothing in their minds other than putting on a sensational performance against the undefeated Yesica Marcos in her WBO Jr. Featherweight title defense on March 16 in Argentina.

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

Former WBC/IBF and WBA super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares who has moved up to super bantamweight is being groomed as the next opponent of newly crowned WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire when he makes his  first title defense planned for July 14 in Texas.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Standard that promoter Fernando Beltran was visiting the Top Rank office this week and hopefully they will finalize details for the title defense against Mijares on July 14.

He said Mijares has a scheduled fight against former WBO bantamweight champion Cruz Carbajal (32-18-2, 26 KO’s) in Mexico on  April 14  “and then he’ll be ready to fight Donaire in July.”

The 30 year old Mijares is an excellent boxer but does not have the power of Donaire even though Mijares won his last two fights as a super bantamweight by stoppages. He scored a 3rd round TKO over 25 year old Jonathan Perez (19-9, 16 KO’s” on September 10, 2011 and followed it up with another 3rd round TKO over 28 year old Alejandro Valdez (25-6-2, 19 KO’s) on December 17, 2011.

Mijares won the WBC super flyweight title with a 10th round TKO over Japan’s Katsushige Kawashima opn January 3, 2007 and grabbed the IBF title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Juan Alberto Rosas on December 11, 2010 after winning the WBA 115 pound title with a twelve round split decision over Alexander Munoz on May 17, 2008.

After losing the bantamweight crown to Nehomar Cermeno on September 12, 2009, Mijares has won 8 fights in a row, 5 of them by knockout and 2 at 122 pounds.

Four division champion Donaire is coming off an impressive twelve round unanimous decision  over former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr in San Antonio, Texas last February 4 in which he dropped Vazquez in the 9th round with a patented left hook despite having hurt his hand early in the fight..

The 29 year old has a record of 28-1 with 18 knockouts and is ranked No. 4 in Ring Magazine’s pound for pound list headed by his countryman and eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

For his smashing 2nd round demolition of veteran Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel to win the WBC/WBO bantamweight title last February 19, 2011 and his twelve round shutout win his  first defense against previously undefeated two division champion Andres Narvaez of Argentina on October 19, 2011  the prestigious Philippine Sportswriters Association named Donaire the “Athlete of the Year” for 2011.


By Ronnie Nathanielsz


WBO bantamweight champion Jorge Arce (60-6, 46KOs) has warned the critics to avoid counting him out in a possible September clash against Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18KOs), the WBO’s champion at super bantamweight.

Arce expects to land an undercard position on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view, which takes place on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And then he anticipates a clash with Donaire in September.

“Right now we are taking it step by step, fight by fight. We’ll [move on] to June 9 and then face Nonito Donaire in September – because that’s the fight I want,” Arce said. “A lot of people are leaving me for dead with Donaire, but I have to remind you that [I was viewed in the same light] against Yo-Sam Choi, Hussein Hussein and Wilfredo Vazquez – and you saw how those fights played out.”

“Boxing is about styles and moments. I think Donaire will beat Toshiaki Nishioka if they fight, because [Donaire] is younger and faster. We have seen flaws in Donaire and he showed them in the fight with Vazquez in San Antonio, and that’s where we plan to attack.”


By Salvador Rodriguez

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.


Jonathan Oquendo’s upcoming defense of the WBO Latino super bantamweight title, against Jose Nieves, is now off – after the Puerto Rican contender was involved in a deadly car accident. The fight was scheduled to take place on March 10th in Puerto Rico, as part of the Juan Manuel Lopez-Orlando Salido undercard.

According to reports, Oquendo (22-2, 15KOs) and his girlfriend were driving along in an ATV when they were unexpectedly struck by another vehicle at about 4PM. Both of them were transferred to the Medical Center of Puerto Rico, where his girlfriend lies in critical condition while Oquendo suffered an injury to his left elbow and a head injury.

The injuries will likely sideline Oquendo for several months.


By Rey Colon


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

The number two contender in the rankings of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at 122 pounds, Jonathan Oquendo, is tired of waiting for a shot at the title. He says the WBO continues to push him back, while other fighters are getting the opportunity to fight for the title – like last weekend when Nonito Donaire defeated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title.

According to Jose Sanchez, promoter Felix ‘Tutino’ Zabala is lobbying Vazquez Jr. to get another shot at the WBO-interim title because Donaire suffered a hand injury in the contest – but the injury is likely not going to prevent a summer showdown between Donaire and Mexico’s Jorge Arce.

“I do not care about a fight with Vazquez [for an interim-title]. I want to fight with Nonito. If I have to wait [for Donaire], I’ll wait. But I’m not going to risk my position unnecessarily in other fights. They made me wait for [Fernando] Montiel, who got knocked out. Then they placed Vazquez ahead of me. We tried to fight Vazquez and I do not know what happened. Then [Jorge] Arce knocked him out. We wanted to fight with Arce, but he decided to move down in weight. And then I wanted to fight Nonito [for the title] and they gave Vazquez the chance, who lost again. Will [the WBO] give [Vazquez] yet another chance, after he already lost twice? I am offended,” Oquendo said.

There is only one obstacle remaining for WBO bantamweight champion Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce. On February 18th, Arce returns to the ring against Lorenzo Parra in a non-title rematch in Mexicali, Mexico. If Arce prevails, he moves up in weight to face WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire. Arce was not impressed with Donaire’s recent twelve round decision win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Prior to move back to bantam, Arce stopped Vazquez Jr. last May to capture the WBO belt at 122.

After finishing the strong part of his training in Los Mochis, which included seven rounds of sparring and hitting the bags, plans to travel to Mexicali on Sunday. Arce says he already agreed to face Donaire next.

“It’s a highly anticipated fight [with Donaire]. The people are asking for it because Nonito just beat ‘Papito’ Vazquez, a fighter I knocked out. I think I have the style to beat him. He says that 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 he is, nor is he the successor to Manny Pacquiao.”

CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO – Showing a good physical condition, the former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and regional champions Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo and Jose “Chelo” González, weighed in below the required limits for their fights on March 10 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event is being staged by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP ), Zanfer Promotions, and the Municipality of San Juan, and will be broadcast on Showtime.

In the main event Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) faces the 126-pound World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) in a rematch. Lopez, 28, came in at 143-pounds before the Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico (CBPPR). The allowed max was 144.9.

For its part, Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), currently the WBO Latino junior featherweight at 122, defends against an opponent to be determined over 10 rounds. He came in at 137.7 pounds of a 140.3 max.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez (18-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino lightweight title against an opponent to be announced, also over 10 rounds, and he weighed in at 152.8 pounds of a maximum of 155.25.

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.


All signs point to new WBO junior featherweight titlist Nonito Donaire fighting Mexico’s Jorge Arce next, as the Filipino’s manager confirmed the news along with a tentative accord with WBC 122-pound boss Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan afterward.

“Arce is next,” Cameron Dunkin told Philippine News’ Truth Esguerra. “We have an agreement already, and he’s got to fight Arce. And we have an agreement in principle with the Japanese guy (Nishioka), so he’s got fights ahead of him.  After that we’ll look at [WBA champ Guillermo] Rigondeaux, of course.”

Donaire hurt his left hand early in his split decision win last Saturday over Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., and was scheduled to see a physician on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.

“He’s going to be back soon,” Dunkin added. “Hopefully this hand’s not a big deal, and we see him back in the ring in April or something, I hope.”


By Ryan Maquiñana

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area ( He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at , check out his blog at , or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

Five division champion Jorge Arce, Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux are just some of the lucrative fights awaiting Nonito Donaire Jr., the newly-crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight champion.
Despite settling for a split decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico, Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Alamodome in Texas, the “Filipino Flash” may be lining himself up as a marquee player in the division where compatriot and global boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once reigned.
Already, Donaire has been challenged by the camp of Rigondeaux, the current World Boxing Association (WBA) super-bantamweight title holder, and an Olympic bantamweight gold medalist in the 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens Games).
From the looks of things though, Arce seems to be the logical choice as the Filipino’s next opponent.
Bob Arum, whose Top Rank Promotions holds the rights on Donaire, admitted looking at a possible May or June date with Arce, depending on how fast Nonito’s injured left hand heals.
“Let’s see what happens with his hand first,” said Arum. “That will determine everything, but depending on the timing, we want him to face Arce next.”
Arce actually dethroned Vazquez Jr.a year ago, winning the WBO super-bantamweight title on a 12th round technical knockout.
After successfully defending that title against South African Simphiwe Nongqayi in a fourth round TKO, Arce went down to bantamweight, winning the WBO 118-lbs. title with a unanimous decision over Angky Angkota.
Nishioka, the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) super-bantamweight champion, had once been on the radar of Donaire, and was supposed to be challenged by the Filipino until the fight with Vazquez Jr. came through.
But the two nonetheless are expected to cross paths as Donaire himself admitted he is comfortable fighting at the 122 lbs. limit.
“I’m definitely staying at 122 for a while,” said Donaire, who improved to 28-1, with 18 KOs following the win over Vazquez.
“There are things (trainer) Robert (Garcia) asked me to do that I couldn’t do so well, so we will go back to the drawing board.”
Vazquez believes Donaire will make his mark in the division.

“He’s real quick,” said the son and namesake of former three-division champion Wilfredo Vazquez. “He caught me with some good punches. He surprised me by hitting me when I was off balance. I thought I did pretty well. I was patient, but he is a great fighter.”

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas – In his first fight at 122-pounds, Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KO) won a twelve round split decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KO) to capture the vacant WBO super bantamweight title. The judges had it 115-112 for Vazquez, and two scores of 117-110 for Donaire. No clue how a judge could have this fight 115-112 for Vazquez.

From the opening bell, Donaire was the sharper, busier and more accurate fighter. Donaire lets his hands go in the third round, after stunning Vazquez with a looping left hand. Vazquez fought his way off the ropes and stayed defensive. In the fourth and fifth, Vazquez was sticking to his left jab but still getting punished with harder punches. In the sixth, Donaire’s eyes were starting to show some bruising from Vazquez’s jabs. Donaire started switching to southpaw to give Vazquez a different look.

Vazquez became braver in the seventh round and started fighting Donaire on the inside. In the ninth round, Donaire landed a three punch combination to send Vazquez down for the first time in his career. The Puerto Rican boxer made it to the bell. In the three remaining hards, Donaire continued to work harder and his punches were more accurate.


By Osman Rodriguez


Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Nonito Donaire made quite the scene on Friday afternoon when the two prizefighters came face to face, jawing at one another, during the final press conference to promote their bout this Saturday night.

Donaire and Vazquez face off on HBO for the vacant WBO junior featherweight belt inside of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and the fight has seen a little spice added to it over the past few days because of a war of words that broke out between both sides on their personal Twitter accounts.

The drama displayed today underlines how much tension will be in the air come fight night when these two meet and there is pure confidence coming from both sides.

I caught up with Vazquez moments after the presser had ended and tried to get a feeling where his mind is at with such a pivotal clash just a few days away.

“It’s probably the most important fight of my career,” Vazquez would tell me through his co-promoter Felix ‘Tutico’ Zabala of All Star Boxing. “With this fight I will be in a position a lot higher than what I think. And I prepared myself with confidence to do it.”

Vazquez was a hot commodity coming into 2011 but saw his stock fall after an upset loss to Jorge Arce in May that saw him storm out to an early lead after scoring a 4th round knockdown but eventually wilt under the Sinaloa fighter’s pressure. Bludgeoned along the ropes in the twelfth rounds, Vazquez saw the fight waived off by referee Joe Cortez. He concedes that it was the Arce performance that lead many to doubt him.

“Absolutely, yes,” Vazquez agreed. “That was a learning experience for me. I proved to myself that I can do a better job and this is my opportunity to prove it.”

And while not giving away any of his secrets that come along with his bold prediction of a knockout over the once-beaten Donaire, all Vazquez could do was stress that he will be ready when the moment presents itself.

“I’m going to win no matter how. I’m going to do my job round by round. When I have him ready, something will happen,” Vazquez stated.


By Chris Robinson