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WHO WILL STEP UP TO FACE THE FILIPINO FLASH?


Photo by Oliver Suarez

After another stunning performance, it looks like Nonito Donaire Jr. might be on the outside looking in again for a fight against a top fighter, forcing him to once again move up a division.  Hopefully, Donaire doesn’t have to jump all the way up to the heavyweight division before convincing an elite fighter to face him in the ring. At last weekend’s Pinoy Power 3 event, Nonito Donaire dominated his opponent as expected, stopping Manuel Vargas in stunning fashion courtesy of a left uppercut. ‘The Filipino Flash’ started slow as he analyzed Vargas’ style and movements, since the latter was a late replacement after his initial scheduled opponent Gerson Guerrero failed his physical examination.

It was evident from the first round that Vargas was in the toughest fight of his career as Nonito enjoyed an advantage in size and reach. From the start, Vargas had a difficult time connecting on his punches as Donaire controlled him with stiff jabs, following up on occasions with the right hook and his patented left uppercut.

When Vargas did connect, Donaire was able to land counter punches because of his quickness and faster hands. Then in the third round, Donaire put an end to the fight when he knocked out Vargas with a right hook that was quickly followed up by a left uppercut to the chin of the challenger.

It was a great win for Donaire and it showed his level of maturity and focus. Donaire clearly took this fight seriously and consequently dominated his overmatched opponent, which is exactly what he was expected to do.  Considering that Vargas had to move up three divisions and was a late replacement, Donaire could have esily overlooked him.

How many times have we seen a seemingly overmatched opponent pull an upset such as what Juan Salgado did against Jorge Linares, who was supposedly the next ‘Golden Boy?’ There were also unheralded fighters such as Maidana and Green, both of whom pulled out knockout victories against Ortiz and Jones respectively.

Now everybody wants to see Donaire against some of the top fighters around his weight class, but Donaire has found it difficult to convince some of those top fighters to share the ring with him. Some fighters may call out Donaire, but actions speak louder than words.

Many assumed that this event was to showcase Montiel and Donaire to hype up a possible matchup between the two later this year, but in an article from Fightnews.com, Montiel was quoted as saying, ‘My primary goal is to defeat Ciso Morales on Saturday and then I want to face WBC champion Hosumi Hasegawa.’

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20 Responses to “WHO WILL STEP UP TO FACE THE FILIPINO FLASH?”

  1. zdrx Says:

    oh…there is the brave but pipsqueak darchinyan who, while hiding behind the apron string of gary shaw…is courageously challenging nonito.

  2. Khelvinz Says:

    Darchinyan should be the next opponent to donaire. If darchinyan did not accept the fight or he loss to his coming bout, donaire should move to bantamweight fo face either amselmo moreno or hozumi hasegawa. The only fight that loves to see is darchinyan in jr. bantamweight division.

  3. fan Says:

    How is Nonito Donaire the most feared fighter in the world? A terrible fighter with 8 losses was going to fight him. When that fighter failed an eye exam. A fighter 3 weight division below Nonito Donaire’s stepped to fight him.

  4. BRUISESBOBBY Says:

    The Flash looked real strong on Sat night and I am not talking about the comparison between him and Vargas. Nonito just LOOKED stronger and WILL be able to bring it as he moves up. Can’t wait for him to showcase it against Vic, Arce or Montiel.

  5. miguel Says:

    from montiel’s statement it seems he’s afraid to face donaire not this year maybe never.

  6. ayn Says:

    Montiel is scared, really scared.

  7. Zans Says:

    c’mon montiel fight donaire dont be a coward like floyd. Why did you choose to fight an inexperiance ciso morales? Fight an opponent with your own caliber.

  8. new era Says:

    I hope that all those good promoters like Bob Arum will not overlooked the real value of Nonito Donaire. He is a hidden gold in boxing. Act now uncle Bob before it’s too late.

  9. GJ Says:

    Vic Darchinyan has been calling him out for a rematch, why won’t he fight him?

  10. fan Says:

    Montiel is not even in the same division that Donaire is in. Montiel might be fighting Hasegawa next. Hasegawa is better than that hypejob Donaire.

  11. peter Says:

    where are the great mexican fighters?

    donaire wants you……give him a fight….the fans need it…..

  12. fan Says:

    Nonito Donaire should be removed from the pound for pound rankings. Ever since he was given that lucky win against Vic Darchinyan he fought nothing but a bunch of bums. He was oringinally going to a guy with 8 losses. That failed an eye exam. So instead he fought a guy who was 3 weight divisions below his own.

  13. fan Says:

    That guy who three weight divisions below his own took this fight on 3 days short notice.

  14. Gopal Says:

    I would like to see Nonito fight the Darchinyan rematch next, and I would like to see it held in the SF Bay Area.

    It’s a shame he hasn’t received more coverage in the local press.

  15. FAG NONITO Says:

    NONITO SUCKS!FIGHT SOMEONE WHO IS ACTUALLY A WORTHY OPPONENT!

  16. carlito Says:

    go up in featherweight div. 130lbs.. its time for u to shine there..

  17. brendo Says:

    Donaire Vs. Darchinyan II Let’s the fght get it on!

  18. tristar Says:

    all of you say nonito is just hype then why all the fighters you mention that can beat him is avoiding him like a plague? that’s because they are bums

  19. Nonito = cherry picker Says:

    Nonito Donaire should be removed from the pound for pound rankings. Ever since he beat Vic Darchinyan in 2007, he has fought nothing but a bunch of journeyman. Nonito originally accepted a fight against a guy with 8 losses. When that guy with 8 losses failed an eye exam. He accepted a fight against a guy who competes in the straweight division. Nonito Donaire is a disgrace to boxing. If Nonito Donarie really were that good. Then he would be fighting the best of his current division. Like Drian Francisco, Daigo Nakahiro, Daiki Kameda, Kohei Kono, Alexander Munoz, Hugo Cazares, Simphiwe Nongqayi, or Nobuo Nashiro. I suppose he can always can the rematch with Vic Darchinyan. However, Nonito Donaire is absolutely terrified at fighters who are on the elite level.

  20. Nonito = cherry picker Says:

    Nonito Donaire should be removed from the pound for pound rankings. Ever since he beat Vic Darchinyan in 2007, he has fought nothing but a bunch of journeyman. Nonito originally accepted a fight against a guy with 8 losses. When that guy with 8 losses failed an eye exam. He accepted a fight against a guy who competes in the straweight division. Nonito Donaire is a disgrace to boxing. If Nonito Donarie really were that good. Then he would be fighting the best of his current division. Like Drian Francisco, Daigo Nakahiro, Daiki Kameda, Kohei Kono, Alexander Munoz, Hugo Cazares, Simphiwe Nongqayi, or Nobuo Nashiro. I suppose he can always get the rematch with Vic Darchinyan. However, Nonito Donaire is absolutely terrified at fighters who are on the elite level.

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