Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire won the World Boxing Council bantamweight championship on Sunday by knocking out former undefeated champion Nordine Oobaali.
Donaire stunned the crowd with his performance as he entered the ring the underdog, as his opponent was younger at 34 years old. The Filipino was 38 years old going into the fight.
“I believe that it matters not what your age is, it matters how you are mentally, how strong you are mentally,” Donaire said in an interview with badllefthook.com
The Filipino thus became the oldest boxer to win the bantamweight title. He was also champion in three other divisions.
Oobaali was knocked down twice in the third round, with the first courtesy of Donaire’s deadly left hook. It was the first time the French-Moroccan boxer was knocked down his career.
In the fourth round, a left hook followed by a right cross and right uppercut put Oobaali down again, and the referee stopped the fight.
With his latest win, Donaire’s record improves to 41-6 with 27 knockouts while Oobaali’s fell to 17-1 with 12 KOs. SOVEREIGNPH