Senate lauds Donaire for winning featherweight belt

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2014 05:28 PM | Updated as of Jun 13 2014 01:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Wednesday commended Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire for winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title against South African Simpiwe Vetyeka last month.

Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, one of the senators who filed a resolution commending Donaire, delivered a sponsorship speech acclaiming the champion.

"Allow me to rise in this august chamber to pay homage once again to a man whose achievements are well-known, especially to a boxing-loving country like ours," said Angara, chairman of the committee on games, amusement and sports.

Donaire claimed the title after being awarded a fourth round unanimous technical decision. A deep cut above his left eye had forced the ring doctor to stop the bout before the start of the fifth round.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of Donaire, who had registered a knock down of Vetyeka in the fourth round.