MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Sunday congratulated Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire for unifying two super bantamweight belts after defeating Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa.
Donaire won via unanimous decision to become the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight champion.
"Congratulations kay Nonito Donaire, si 'Filipino Flash.' Natalo po n’ya si Jeffrey Mathebula for the unification bout," said Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte.
"Kasi ang intindihin po natin ay ang WBO champion po in that weight is si Nonito, tapos 'yung si IBF naman po si Mathebula. So now he (Donaire) holds both belts," Valte added.
Donaire knocked down Mathebula with a cracking left hand towards the end of the fourth round and won by a wide margin in the scorecards of all three judges.
"All through the 12 rounds, mukhang malinaw po doon sa decision 'nung mga judges, at mukang malinaw po ang kanilang mga mata, all in favor of Nonito Donaire," Valte said.
Valte said it was a good thing that there was no controversy in Donaire's victory.
Last June 9, Filipino fight king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was stunned when he lost via split decision to unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.
Most boxing media and fight fans felt that Pacquiao won that fight comfortably.
But there was no controversy this time as Donaire clearly beat Mathebula, who went into defensive mode for most of the later rounds.
Donaire is now looking forward to fighting Japanese champion Toshiaki Nishioka, who holds the World Boxing Council super bantamweight belt.