Palace congratulates Donaire's victory over Sidorenko

December 6, 2010 11:33 am 

MANILA, Dec. 5 — Barely three weeks after Filipino boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s victory over Mexican slugger Antonio Margarito, Malacañang welcomed the fresh victory of another Filipino boxer, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire over Wladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine.

In a radio interview on Sunday over government-run DzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte congratulated the 27-year-old Donaire who is a native of Talibon, Bohol.

The “Filipino Flash” was hailed as the new WBC Continental Bantamweight Champion after beating the former WBA champion Sidorenko via technical knockout.

The referee stopped the fight with 1:48 still remaining in the fourth round of a scheduled 12-round bantamweight title match held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“We’d like to congratulate Mr. Donaire again, for winning this bout… I think katatapos lang po, the referee stopped the fight at the fourth round. So, congratulations Mr. Donaire, Mabuhay ka!” Valte said.

Donaire literally overpowered Sidorenko from the start putting the Ukrainian down the canvass three times with overwhelming power shots.

After the win, the ranked number five in the pound for pound ratings of The Ring magazine, Donaire earned the right to challenge Mexican boxer Fernando Montiel in the 118-pound titles early next year.

Montiel is the current WBO and WBC Bantamweight champion and The Ring Magazine’s number seven in the pound for pound ranking. (PNA)

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