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Donaire vs Martinez **Spoiler**

Postby batangastig » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:05 pm

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. “I just did what I had to do,” said the 26-year-old Donaire, who earlier vowed not to fail the big hometown crowd at Manila’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 Donaire’s name.

Martinez, from San Antonio, Texas, had a record of 24 wins – 14 by knockout – 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. “He’s not a Filipino executioner no more. It ended today,” 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 Arroyo’s office said she was “ecstatic” over the victories by Donaire and Viloria, adding that Philippine boxing was going through a “Renaissance.” ap
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