Donaire KOs Arce in 3rd round


Nonito Donaire, left, hits Jorge Arce during their WBO junior featherweight title boxing match Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Houston. Donaire knocked Arce out in the third round. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

MANILA, Philippines – Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. vowed a knockout win and he delivered Sunday (Manila time).

Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) floored Mexican warrior Jorge Arce (61-7-2, 46 KOs) with a counter left hook as the referee stopped the fight at the 2:59 mark of the third round. The pro-Arce crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas was left stunned.

The 30-year-old Donaire, who retained his WBO super bantamweight title, dropped Arce for the first time in the second round with a short right hand but the Mexican was able to get back to his feet.

Arce showed fight in round three as he was able to close the distance to land blows to the body but that was it as Donaire outclassed him.

Donaire, who was greeted with a chorus of boos on his way to the ring, chalked up his fourth win this year alone and his 30th straight victory overall.

Both fighters sized each other up in the opening round with Donaire getting his points with his crisp jabs.
“I went out and pretty much timed him,” Donaire said. “We wanted to slow him down and get him thinking he could get in there. We knew he would open up.”

“I’ve never really gone and hit with the left hook, but I knew I was going to go out there and give it everything, no matter what.”

Donaire improved to 31-1 with his 20th career knockout. He has not lost since the second fight of his career back in 2001.

The victory brought some joy for Filipino fight fans still stunned at Manny Pacquiao’s knockout loss a week ago to Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez.

“There were a lot of fans who were like, ‘You have got to get him. This is for the Philippines.’ I hope they can be proud of what I did,” Donaire said.

Arce, 33, fell to 61-7 with two drawn bouts, in what he said was the final fight of his career.

“My career is over. I’m leaving after losing to the best man,” Arce said. “He is very good. He has power. He can finish the fight at any moment.

“I promised my family if I lost I would leave. I retire to go home and watch the fights on TV.”

Donaire scored a knockdown of Arce with a powerful straight right hand about a minute into the second round, forcing the challenger to touch his gloves and a knee to the canvas.

Donaire, 30, again knocked Arce to the canvas with a pair of left hooks late in the second round and, in the third, landed the knockout blow to end it.
“I got him with a straight right and the counter hook came in after that,” Donaire said.

Donaire had beaten South African Jeffrey Mathebula last July and Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka in October in prior title defenses after taking the vacant crown with a split decision last February over Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vazquez.

Arce had nine wins and a draw since last being beaten, by South African Simphiwe Nongqayi in 2009.

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  • JoseMiguelCasuarino

    … I always tell my students…. “there is always room for more improvement..”  I saw in MANI a stagnation.  I don’t see any improvement in his style…. he used the old style in his recent fight with Marquez… the style he used before that defeated Marquez…. while Marquez improved himself… did a good homework and training….he found the weakness of Mani who got overconfident with his old style….Marquez found an opening and unguarded moment of Mani… and he did not let them pass without making use of them…. and he downed Mani.

    Toto Nonito…. there is always a room for improvement……!!!!

    • Lemuel Vargas

      Yea, but did you see how Manny bloddied the nose of Marquez? To me, that punch that knocked down Manny is just a lucky punch from Marquez, even if Marquez really prepared for that punch. But then, you are right. Manny became overconfident.

    • alfredo

      lucky punch lang un bro wag masyadong bumilib kay marquez

  • JoseMiguelCasuarino

    Toto Nonito… congratulations!!!! I saw it. You can make it.  While my thoughts are on the “over confident’ attitude of Manny.  I thought he could not make it. I saw it in his interviews and some glimpses on his trainings.  While Marquez got the videos of his fights with Mani and did a good homework… seriously studying,scrutinizing, analyzing every move of Many… watching for his weakness .. every move… every punch.. every step….and HE FOUND IT!
    WHAT DO I LEARN FROM MANY’S MISTAKE…. NEVER TO TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED AND NEVER BE OVER CONFIDENT.   When does a very good driver meet an accident??? he meets an accident [he never expects] when he gets over confident.
    Mani … downed…. because he got over confident….. he admitted it.

  • mariano jr.

    hehehehehehehehehe poor laura turat 

  • mariano jr.

    where is laura trott,you see her name sounds familiar in our language (turat) hehehehe that’s why she diverted the topic the other way arond…….lol

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Good work, Donaire. However, if you want a legacy separate from the Pacman, you should become an undisputed champion (meaning unify 3 boxing organizations (WBC, WBO, IBF or WBA) of the super bantamweight division 1st (by fighting Abner Mares of the WBC or Guillermo RIgondeaux of WBA, the IBF being vacant), then after that go to the next weight division and become undisputed champions on those too and ad infinitum. And try to concentrate on your boxing career 1st. The other activities could just come later, preferably after you retire from boxing.

  • NY_Pinoy

    Can we have him as our Pambansang Kamao?  I am tired of Pacquiao and his antics. Pacquiao can be our Pambansang Pastor for all I care.

    • alfredo

      ganun ba bro eh di manahimik ka na lang kung wala kang masabing maganda kay pacquio ok..for sure babatikusin mo din si donaire pag natalo un

      • NY_Pinoy

         Kung mag-artista at singer din si Nonito, batikusin ko rin siya.  But if he remains a sportsman that he really is, then I will support him in victories and in defeats.

        I have given up on Pacquiao since he became a Congressman and religious fanatic.  I betted on Bradley against him and won LOTS of money. I won again during his fight with Marquez.  Pacquaio is making me rich, so I hope he keeps on fighting. 

      • Ivan Doria

        i like that

      • alfredo

        typical pinoy crab mentality…

      • alfredo

        wala ka ng pakialam dun kung gusto man nilang mag artista at singer eh si donaire nga dating ng umaarte at lumalabas sa tv kumakanta na din sya..galing nyo magsalita against pacquio for sure kung nanalo at na ko ni pacman si maquez nung laban nila kayo mga nambabatikos kay pacman sabay sabay kayong pupuri at magsasabi na wow galing talaga ni pacman bumalik na yung dating bagsik at lakas nya..dapat win or lose mga pinoy  kay pacman pa din …dami talaga mga talangka at balimbing

    • Ross Teribe

      sanay ka lang puro panalo, di ganun ang buhay… get life and grown up :)


         get life and grown up :)
        Anong klaseng ingles ito. Tagalugin mo na lang!

      • alfredo

        bakit kaw ba magaling ka mag ingles? eh yung name mo nga THELIITTLEGIRL dapat may space yan hehe


        O sigue GROWN up ka na at mag move on ka na! Pareho pareho kayo ng hinohothot mo! patay gutom.

      • Ross Teribe

        pag pasenciayahan mo ang tambay nag post dito :)

    • alfredo

      manny and millions of pinoy dont care if you are tired of pacquio..mind your own business bro

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Congratulations Donaire! I watched the fight sa net lang kasi habang ang promoter mo ay si ARUM hindi ako mag-subscribe sa PPV para panoorin ang laban mo! babawi na lang ako sayo pag nag record ka din ng album tulad ng idol mo…..hahaha puwera biro, bitawan mo si ARUM para mas maganda maging takbo ng career mo!

    • jurbinsky77

      Filipino-Canadians were lucky.

      I might be wrong in my assessment that Canadian broadcasters are prejudiced against the Filipinos. They must be expecting that Donaire will be a victim of newly-formed strength of Hernandez (Heradia) ward.

      Donaire is a patient fighter. He does not put pressure on himself to finish off his opponent within certain round. He softened Arce with telling jabs and then when the opportunity opened up, he delivered his vaunted left hook.

  • 12JEM

    4 solid victories in 2012….a solid achievement!

  • Romeo

    Please protect Donaire from Kultos,Bible Prostitutes, Pastor,Born Against and Diane

    • alfredo

      lupet ang galing mag advice..banal na banal ka bro

    • Ross Teribe

      protect yourself first for being losser mindset :)

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