Mexico’s Alexandro Santiago earned a unanimous 12-round choice over former four-division champion Nonito Donaire on Saturday to assert the vacant Global Boxing Council bantamweight global name.
Santiago, 27, claimed the primary global name of his occupation as he denied the 40-year-old “Filipino Flash,” who was once aiming to rebound from a brutal second-round knockout loss to Japan’s Naoya Inoue 13 months in the past.
Donaire, who has held global titles at flyweight, bantamweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight, stored it shut within the early going and rocked Santiago with a left hook within the 3rd around.
However he couldn’t fit Santiago’s tempo because the struggle advanced, the Mexican touchdown a barrage of convincing blows within the 9th around and briefly halting Donaire’s momentum when the Filipino fighter got here out having a look to land a large blow.
One pass judgement on scored the bout 115-113 and the opposite two noticed it 116-112 for Santiago, who stepped forward to 28-3 with 5 drawn and 14 knockouts.
“It’s been an honor to struggle this type of legend like Nonito Donaire,” stated Santiago, who was once delivered to tears within the ring as Donaire introduced a congratulatory hug within the ring.
Donaire fell to 42-8 with 28 knockouts and stated he concept he had extra cross do within the ring.
“Disillusioned,” he admitted, however added: “I believe just right nonetheless. I like the game such a lot.”
He stated he and his spouse, Rachel, who trains and manages him, could have a dialog to “see the place we cross from there.
“However I do know I felt just right,” he stated. “There have been just a few issues that didn’t cause.”
Used to be that as a result of he’s 40 years outdated, Donaire was once requested.
“I say ‘Hell no’ to that,” he stated.
The struggle at T-Cell Enviornment was once at the undercard of the extremely expected welterweight global name unification bout between unbeaten American citizens Errol Spence and Terence Crawford.
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