HBO Boxing After Dark, 2.19.11


Donaire moments after referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight. (Photo:Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Nonito Donaire is well on his way to becoming a mega boxing star. In the same way that his Filipino comrade, Manny Pacquiao, has shot up the P4P rankings and won titles in 8 different weight classes on his way to becoming the most recognized man in boxing, this could be the beginning of a fantastic rise for the 28-year-old Donaire.


I don’t mean to infer that Donaire is going to win titles in 8 weight classes or become a congressman and totally destroy everything in his path.

Although he could destroy everything in his path as he has destroyed his last 9 out of 10 opponents by KO/TKO by the 8th round, the one exception being Rafael Concepcion when he won a unanimous decision in summer 2009.

Considering the man is now 26-1, 18 KO’s and his one and only loss came in his second career fight against, potential footnote in history, Rosendo Sanchez back in early 2001. Come next month the man will have gone 10 years without a loss. Add in that, to my knowledge, he has never been knocked down.

The last of that streak came last night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark when he completely obliterated Fernando Montiel who was, at the time, The Ring Magazine’s #1 ranked bantamweight.

I had expected at least a multiple round slugfest. What I got was less than a round and a half of domination from The Filipino Flash.

Thinking of the short-term Donaire would be best suited in challenging one of the alphabet title holders in the super bantamweight division before jumping up to featherweight. At featherweight waits a man named Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KO’s). That is a potentially great and infinitely action packed showdown.


Yordenis Ugas UD Carlos Musquez
Mickey Bey Jr. MD Jose Hernandez
Mike Alvarado RTD(4) Dean Harrison
Mark Melligen UD Gabriel Martinez

Mike Jones UD Jesus Soto Karass

This was definitely an enjoyable fight. Jones had the fight in hand for nearly every round. Cuts over both of Soto Karass’ eyes leaving his face a complete mask of blood by around round 7 or 8.

Credit where it’s due, Soto Karass showed what heart is all about as it was clear he wasn’t going to win to everyone but him and he refused to give in, he refused to let the ref or doctor stop the fight unlike Devon Alexander in his fight against Timothy Bradley.

For his effort in defeat I will most certainly be watching more of Soto Karass. I love a fighter with tremendous heart and determination and a lack of any ability to quit.

No sense listing my card as the fight was a no-brainer. I did score the fight 118-110 for Mike Jones, while the judges had it 115-113, 116-111 & 117-111, all for Jones.

2 thoughts on “HBO Boxing After Dark, 2.19.11

  1. Montiel seemed like a smart, capable guy. He took a few, and gave a few, decent punches–but his defense, other than some head movement, seemed rather slipshod, to me. Also, he stood in there like he knew something, which, if he did, it obviously wasn’t enough.
    There were moments when I got the feeling that Donaire, The Cat, was just waitin’ on Montiel, The Mouse, to make a mistake. (I guess a mouse’s biggest mistake is to get in the ring with a cat.) Donaire was the bigger, harder-punching–probably, faster–guy. In addition, he appears to be a fighter of destiny. A lot for Montiel to overcome.
    If Donaire moves up, I’d like him over Gamboa. Mr. G has a tendency, at times, to be sloppy and reckless. I think Donaire is patient–and lethal.
    As for the first fight, too bad Jones didn’t have Karass’s heart. He’d be a world-beater.


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