Nonito Donaire Stops Foe in 6



Article by Erik Sarmiento Dela Cruz (

There were very few combinations or anything that would make people roar on their feet, but IBF-IBO flyweight titlist Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire (now 20-1, 13 KOs) needed none to dispatch Moruti "Babyface" Mthalane (now 22-2, 15 KOs) in six rounds.

Ring referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight on the advice of the ring physician who ruled that the cut suffered by Mthalane inside his left eyelid was "dangerous."

The South African challenger was visibly anguished by the decision as he lost his big chance for the championship belt. Looking at how the fight went, Mthalane had all the reasons to feel so sorry for himself.

The challenger Mthalane appeared to be very much in the fight when the stoppage came. Though the only round that was clearly taken by him was the fifth (the fourth could be scored either way while the rest were all Donaire's rounds) Mthalane looked very much prepared for his opponent. He proved to be a very tough assignment for the Filipino heavy hitter as he was coming forward for all the time, even walking directly into Donaire's punches at times.

While Mthalane appeared to be very focused on the fight and prepared to stay on the whole distance, Donaire seemed to be out of sync. He fought as if he was not the man whose resume includes a sensational KO5 victory over certified knock-out artist Vic Darchinyan.

Nonetheless, the Filipino still proved too much for Mthalane who ate a full meal of hard left hooks and uppercuts all through out the fight. Mthalane has his own moments in the ring, particularly during the fifth round when his opponent slowed his work rate.

Donaire, however, was simply on a different league and he never allowed Mthalane to build on his shots. The story was the same for most of the fight: hard lefts for Donaire when Mthalane tries to get in close,hard lefts again for Donaire when he danced out of Mthalane's range. As the fight progressed, it became clear that Mthalane did not possess the power and skills to bother the Champion and negate his classy left.

Fighting under the same card, Jorge Arce (now 51-4, 39 KOs) stopped former WBO flyweight champion Isidro Garcia (now 25-6, 8 KOs) to retain his WBA interim super-flyweight title while, on separate cards, Vic Darchinyan (now 31-1, 25 KOs) won over highly ranked Christian Mijares (now 36-4, 15 KOs) via nine round stoppage to become the undisputed super flyweight champion of the world.

With Donaire's win, he is now a very much welcome addition to the talent and power filled super-flyweight division. A rematch with Darchinyan now looms around the corner.

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