AL-KHOBAR – Filipino fans of boxing star Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire in Saudi Arabia were happy over his knock out win against Jorge “Travieso” Arce in round 3 in Houston, Texas on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Saudi).
The "Filipino Flash" demolished "Travieso" in their super bantamweight championship bout with a crushing 3rd round knockout by a left hook to the chin of the Mexican warrior with one second left in the round.
Donaire's win was considered as a relief from the recent loss of the boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to his Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I predicted that Donaire will knockout Arce in round 5 but I was wrong. He KOed Arce in round 3. Nonito is simply the best in his division. It's really a great relief after Marquez KOed Pacquiao last week," said Andy Magno, a Donaire and Pacquiao fan who works in Al-Khobar as Safety Officer.
"Nakabawi tayo sa Mexico. Kahit papano naibsan ang lungkot ko sa pagkatalo ni Pacquiao," Magno added.
Magno is proud Donaire's achievement in the ring and he is happy because the boxer has given a reason to every Filipino in the Kingdom to smile and be proud again after the devastating loss of the Pacman.
With the win over the dangerous Arce, Donaire has retained his WBO Super Bantamweight belt. Also, he is the reigning WBC Diamond and The RING Super Bantamweight champion.
"I'm glad that his left hand did not bother him and he was able to knockout Arce with his signature left hook," said Celso Garcia, an engineer in Dammam.
Donaire's left hand was injured when he fought South African Jeffrey Mathebula last July 8. Donaire won the bout via unanimous decision and unified the WBO and IBF Super Bantamweight belts.
He again injured his left hand on his bout against Japanese southpaw champion Toshiaki Nishioka last October 14 but won the bout via ninth-round stoppage.
Jun Negrillo, a restaurant worker in Al-Khobar and a long time fan of Donaire was also happy and proud of his idol's win. He wishes him more success and pray that he will become more humble.
"Congrats! Ang galing mo idol. Pinaligaya mo ang mga fans mo dito. Sana magtuloy-tuloy ang panalo mo at sana hindi ka magbabago," Negrillo said.
He loves the idea that some sportswriters suggested that Donaire has evolved to become the new 'Mexicutioner', the heir-apparent of Pacquiao, after beating 14 Mexican ring warriors mostly by knockout.
Arman Montero, customer service agent in Jubail, on the other hand, is hoping that Donaire will get the Fighter of the Year Award because he is very much qualified after fighting four times in 2012 and won them all.
Aside from Arce, Nishioka and Mathebula, Donaire also battled Puerto Rican Wilfredo Varquez, Jr. in February and won a decision to claim the bamtanweight belt.
"I hope that he will get the coveted award, the Fighter of the Year award that Pacquiao won," said Montero.
The Fighter of the year award is being voted by the sportswriters in America.
Donaire has a personal record of 31 wins, one loss with 20 knockouts.