MANILA, Philippines — Right after toppling Ukranian Wladimir Sidorenko on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. thanked Filipino fans who have supported him in his interim World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title conquest.
“Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat, sa lahat ng mga prayers niyo. Alam ko nagpra-pray kayo sa akin... Sana po na-enjoy niyo iyong laban ko and I will do everything again. I hope I made you guys proud,” said Donaire, who now boasts a 25-1 record.
The Boholano pugilist delivered a stunning performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. He only needed 4 rounds to give Sidorenko his first knockout loss.
Donaire showed dominance as he knocked down his opponent during the closing seconds of round 1.
A bloodied Sidorenko then continued charging in round two. He went down again in the third round before a final blow dropped him for a third time in the fourth round.
“The punches I was landing were tremendous it was very hard. Malakas na malakas... 'Pag sinununtok ko siya, nafi-feel ko iyong skull niya eh. Nafi-feel ko iyong bones, nafi-feel ko lahat,” Donaire said.
Donaire fought right-handed throughout the bout. Despite nursing a left hand that he injured during training camp, he was able to knock out Sidorenko, who had never been knocked out before.
"No one has dropped him. 'Never say never,' 'di ba? Basta, for me, I know I was gonna drop him. I know I was gonna hurt him, I didn't know that it was gonna be that early but I know I had the power,” he added.
For Donaire, this victory not only comes with the interim bantamweight title. He is now guaranteed a title shot against world bamtamweight champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico in February.
He said the Montiel match has been his motivation to come out victorious against Sidorenko.
"The thing was I wanted to make a statement. Gusto ko'ng malaman ni Montiel na hindi ako easy na fight. Ako ay dangerous na fighter. Para sa sarli niya, kailangan niyang mag-training. AKo magtri-train ako nang husto,“ he said.
Sidorenko, who was not seen after the fight, now has a 23-3-2 record.