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Two Gallant Pinoy Fighters, Two Masterful Knockouts

April 20, 2009


Filipino square ring gladiators Brian Viloria and Nonito Donaire carved out contrasting but equallu brilliant victories at the Araneta Big Dome yesterday.

Dubbed “The Hawaiian Punch, completed his amazing comeback an 11th-round knockout of Mexican champion Ulises Solis to wrest the IBF light flyweight title in front of a sellout crowd.

Viloria unleashed a hard right hook, third of a series of right-hand straight punches, to Solis’ jaw that sent the Mexican crashing to the canvass with just a few seconds left in the 11th of their 12-round bout, the other half of a twin title match dubbed “The Flash and The Furious”.


“This is my story book ending. I thanked my team that worked and believed in me,” said Viloria, who had already turned his back on the sport after a string of losses.

The Fil-Am fighter unleashed the KO punch after punishing the Mexican slugger earlier in the round with two solid straight blows to the head.

Tthe ninth-ranked light flyweight contender improved his fight record to 25-2-0 with 15 by KO.

He clearly was the dominant fighter.

Pressuring Solis through to the 11th round, Viloria did not give Solis the chance to get the upper hand in the match and went out early in the first round rocking the champion with consecutive solid right hands.

He was the aggressor in the entire opening round sneaking in a number of combination to the Mexicans body.

Viloria continued his pressure in the second round working his way towards Solis’ body to corner the champion at the ropes several times.

Throwing combinations, the Hawaii-raised son of Ilocanos bloodied Solis under the right eyebrow in the fifth and on the left eyelid in the seventh before putting him away with four seconds to go in the 11th.


IBF-IBO flyweight kingpin Nonito Donaire, Jr. made short work of erstwhile unbeaten Raul Martinez, defending his twin-titles with a masterful four-round TKO.

Donaire finished off Martinez at the 2:42 mark of the fourth round with a left uppercut that sent his rival down a fourth time.

Martinez, floored twice in the first round and once in the second, immediately got up, but referee Pete Podgorski had seen enough and stopped the bout.

“I just did what I had to do,” said the 27-year-old Donaire, who improved his record to 21-1. “I was jittery and nervous, especially when they called my name.”

Donaire said he was also under pressure to match Viloria’s crackling performance a bout earlier.

Donaire said he’s poised to bring his act to over to the heavier superflyweight and bantamweight division.

“It (moving up) is definitely what I wanted to do. I’ve been wanting to move up for a while but it’s really up to my promoter and my manager,” said Donaire, who actually had to shed off three pounds only hours before the weigh-in for his third defense against Martinez.

“Hindi ko na talaga makakaya yung weight na ito (flyweight), pinapatay yung katawan ko nang unti-unti.

My training is helping me (handle the weight battle) pero with hard training, para akong slug or snail going up to the scales.

I feel good during the weigh-in against Martinez but that’s because I trained really hard. Pero hindi ko na talaga makakaya itong 112,” added the champ, who actually officially tipped the scales at a slim 111.5-lbs on Saturday.


Donaire’s promoter, Bob Arum, agrees that Sunday’s “The Flash & The Furious” card should be the Bohol-born fighter’s last outing at flyweight.

Arum said he is looking at something big for Donaire’s first foray at superfly or bantam.

“There’s this fight between (Eric) Morel and (Fernando) Montiel in the Kelly Pavlik (versus Sergio Mora) title defense on June 27. I wanna get Donaire into the mix. Whether Morel wins or Montiel wins, he (Donaire) should fight the winner,” Arum said.

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