Nonito Donaire started his comeback trail with a victory in the Philippines. Co-headlining Pinoy Pride 30, it only took ‘The Filipino Flash’ a little over a round to finish Brazil’s William Prado.
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After a bit of a slow period on the opening round, Donaire turned it on and once again as he showcased his trademark left hook. He battered the Brazilian challenger and opened up a bad cut on the start of the 2nd round. Donaire followed up with a series of punches which rendered Prado defenseless, forcing the referee to stop the contest even without officially scoring a knockdown.
The fight was officially called at the 2:16 mark of the 2nd round, and Donaire successfully jump-started his career as he took the first step towards regaining past glory.
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On main event of the contest, Donnie Nietes extended his stay as the longest reigning champ in Philippine boxing history. After an entertaining and technical display on the first few rounds, Nietes knocked down Gilberto Parra at the 8th round of their championship fight. As the 9th round ended, Parra was unable to continue and Nietes was awarded with the TKO finish.
He successfully defended his WBO and Ring Magazine title in a night that showcased top Filipino talent. Top undefeated prospect Albert Pagara improved to 23-0 on the undercard with a 5th round TKO, while fan favorite AJ Banal won a clear cut decision as well.
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