Veteran of the professional game Nonito Donaire became a nine time world champion, as he proved to much for WBC bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali, as he got a stoppage in round four.
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In 2018, many believed Donaire was going to retire following a loss to Carl Frampton. Donaire silenced his critics though, as he entered the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series and made it to the final, even picking up the IBF world title along the way, following his quarter final victory over Ryan Burnett.
The final saw Donaire face off with knockout artist Naoya Inoue. Inoue was in the final having only fought three rounds prior as his potent punch power shone through in the previous rounds. Donaire took Inoue the distance, although hitting the canvas in the bout. It was a fight of the year contender, and although Donaire was defeated, he found himself in a world title fight next.
Nordine Oubaali had won the WBC title in 2018, as he produced an upset victory over Rau'shee Warren for the vacant belt. Oubaali made two defences of the belt before being mandated to fight Donaire in 2021.
Donaire rolled back the years and showed his class. The first two rounds were close, but then Donaire came into his own in the third as he floored Oubaali twice.
Donaire proceded to pick up where he left off as the bell rang for the fourth, as he unloaded on Oubaali, sending him crashing to the canvas yet again, prompting referee Jack Reiss to wave the bout off confirming Donaire a nine time world champion.
Donaire is set to run it back with former foe Inoue in July this year, with his WBC belt on the line, as well as Inoue's WBA and IBF titles. If that fight is anything like the first meeting between the pair, we are certainly in for a treat!