Donaire Finishes Arce

by Chuck Johnson

Jorge Arce, Nonito Donaire - Photo Credit: Will Hart

Nonito Donaire made sure he wouldn’t be another heavily-favored champion from the Philippines losing his title to a former champion from Mexico.

On a HBO telecast that began with the taped replay of Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning sixth-round knockout of Manny Pacquiao last week in Las Vegas, Donaire exacted a measure of revenge for Filipino fans Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston where he retained his WBO super bantamweight championship with a knockout victory against Mexican challenger Jorge Arce at 2:59 of the third round.

 “I went out there and pretty much timed him,” Donaire, nicknamed the “Filipino Flash,” said of the left hook he used to finish the fight.  He also scored a knockdown in the second round when Arce tumbled backwards and his gloves touched the canvas from the champion’s straight right hand .

“I knew he was going to open up,’’ Donaire said. “He was a tough guy and he got me to the body a few times. But I caught him with the straight right hand and the counter (left) hook did him in.”

The victory was Donaire’s fourth this year, all in the 122-pound weight division, after winning titles previously at flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight. His extraordinarily busy activity and success has him a top candidate for 2012’s Fighter of the Year.

Read the Rest of the Donaire vs. Arc e Recap on HBO.com.

Chavez, Jr. Retains Title

By Chuck Johnson

Photo by Ed Mulholland

As the son of a boxing legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight-by-fight has stepped out of his father’s shadow to command a spotlight of his own.

Chavez didn’t disappoint Saturday night in defense of his world middleweight title, showing himself as a boxer as well as a big puncher in stopping Peter Manfredo Jr.

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Gary Shaw and Don King Want You to "Buy American"

By Chuck Johnson

 David Martin-Warr, Don King Productions,Inc.

DETROIT – Taking a cue from the Big Three automakers’ dramatic recovery, promoters of Saturday night’s “Super Fight” at the Silverdome are counting on Detroit-area boxing fans to follow the lead of the car-purchasing public and “Buy American.”

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