Nonito Donaire did it again, scoring more history in his legendary career, stopping Nordine Oubaali in the fourth round to win the WBC bantamweight title, becoming at 38 years old the oldest major bantamweight champion of the boxing history.
Donaire (41-6, 27 KOs) felt Oubaali absent for the first round, Oubaali in and out, displaying energy, perhaps looking to see if he could get Donaire to bite something.
But Donaire remained calm, and in the second round he found a home for his right counter-hand, which became a more important weapon as he grew older in his career. Then in the third, he found Oubaali (17-1, 12 KO) with his real trademark, the left counter hook, and put the Frenchman on the canvas for the first time.
A second knockdown came very late in round three, which may have been a punch that landed right after the bell, but it certainly wasn’t an intentionally late shot. Referee Jack Reiss counted this as a knockdown and gave Oubaali, 34, every chance to recover and show he can continue until the fourth round. Oubaali, frankly, didn’t know where he was at the time, but he stood up and responded well enough for the referee.
Donaire tracked him down and ended things at 1:52 of the fourth round, catching him with a series of shots that ended in another left hand. Reiss had seen enough by then, and Donaire had once again proven how awesome he really was.
“I believe no matter how old you are, what matters is how you are mentally, how strong you are mentally,” Donaire said. “What I learned from (a loss to Naoya in 2019) Inoue is that I’m back. I knew I could compete with him, and I wasn’t fighting, I was learning. I’m ready for the next one!
And yes, Donaire absolutely wants a rematch with Naoya Inoue.
“That’s what I wanted to win this fight, because it’s my next goal,” he said. “The only thing I haven’t done in boxing is go unchallenged, and the next phase is get the rematch. “
Subriel Matias RTD-8 Batyr Jukembayev
A good fight, not quite a big legend StubHub war, but a StubHub battle of some note at the very least.
Matias (17-1, 17 KOs) definitely bounced back from his loss to Petros Ananyan in February 2020, with this second rather dominant performance in a row, after an October victory over Malik Hawkins.
Kazakh Jukembayev (18-1, 14 KOs) had never fought outside Quebec as a pro, and although the Kazakh Olympic coach supposedly said he was as good as Gennadiy Golovkin, he never is not. It’s not in itself a huge slam or anything, there aren’t a lot of fighters as good as GGG, and you don’t really make it to 30 with 18 pro fights all in Quebec if you are, let’s put it that way.
But he’s a good fighter, it’s just that Matias was better here and gave him a lousy style game. Jukembayev started well, but even though he can hit, he couldn’t damage the Puerto Rican, who is extremely hard and shoots a good shot, and who throws up constantly, almost always in combination, and he kept coming in. Jukembayev more than Jukembayev could. happen to him. Jukembayev also seemed to have an approach basically, and once it didn’t work so well, he never really got back to it.
The corner, led by coach Manny Robles, ended the fight after the eighth round. Jukembayev was down in fourth and Matias kept putting the pressure on, messing up Jukembayev’s face. You have to trust a corner and a veteran coach like Robles in this situation; if they don’t like what they see, it’s almost surely a good idea to stop it.
Matias can’t be ignored at 140. As good as the 29-year-old is – and he’s good – he has what seems like a special level of courage, tenacity and a willingness to fight through tough times in a row. fight. He was an IBF eliminator, so he’ll be in contention for a title fight soon enough, but the junior welterweight belts are shaking with Josh Taylor holding it all for now. More likely than not, Matias will end up fighting for a vacant belt at some point, either at the end of this year or early 2022.
Gary Antuanne Russell RTD-6 Jovanie Santiago
When Jovanie Santiago lost a controversial and controversial decision to Adrien Broner, the question was whether Santiago had turned out to be a hidden gem or if Broner had perhaps slipped so badly.
This fight suggests that Broner slipped as severely. Santiago (14-2-1, 10 KOs) tried here, but the 31-year-old Puerto Rican couldn’t do much with Russell (14-0, 14 KOs), who actually threw punches unlike Broner, and consequently dominated the bout. Santiago was down in the fourth round and received a beating in the sixth, after which his corner asked if he wanted to continue, and the fight was stopped.
Russell called the aforementioned Broner, who will likely say something back, but I wouldn’t expect him to take the fight, or any fight, until he needed to again. silver.
When asked if he thought Broner would actually accept a fight with him, Russell laughed and replied, “It’s up to him to decide.” »