Donaire floors Martinez to keep IBF crown
MANILA: Nonito Donaire of the Philippines knocked down American challenger Raul Martinez four times Sunday to win by technical knockout and retain his International Boxing Federation flyweight title.
Donaire (21-1) pummeled the previously undefeated Martinez (24-1) with rapid punches to the head, sending him to the canvas a fourth time before the referee stopped the fight 2:42 into the fourth round. â€œI just did what I had to do,â€ said the 26-year-old Donaire, who earlier vowed not to fail the big hometown crowd at Manilaâ€™s Araneta Coliseum.
The taller Donaire worked early on Martinez, flooring him twice in the first round and once in the second. In the fourth round, Martinez took a sharp left uppercut and fell backward, prompting referee Pete Podgorski to stop the match. The Filipino crowd roared, chanting Donaireâ€™s name.
Martinez, from San Antonio, Texas, had a record of 24 wins â€“ 14 by knockout â€“ before losing his first fight Sunday. After Donaire won, Martinez grabbed and waved a Philippine flag. Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, who sat in the ringside, congratulated Donaire.
Brian Viloria of the United States knocked out Ulises Solis of Mexico with a powerful right to the jaw in the 11th round to become the new IBF light flyweight champion. The Hawaii-born Viloria (25-2), who is of Philippine ancestry, raised his arms in victory and shed tears as Solis lay on the
canvas. â€œHeâ€™s not a Filipino executioner no more. It ended today,â€ the 28-year-old Viloria said of Solis (28-2-2), who had defeated three Filipino fighters in the last two years. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyoâ€™s office said she was â€œecstaticâ€ over the victories by Donaire and Viloria, adding that Philippine boxing was going through a â€œRenaissance.â€ ap
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