Donaire regains WBL super bantamweight crown

Philippines’ Nonito Donaire outpointed Mexican Cesar Juarez on Saturday (Manila Time) to regain the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title at the Roberto Clemente Colesium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Donaire, 33, scored two knockdowns in the fourth to get the nod of the judge, 116-110, 116-110, 117-109.

It was a victory that Donaire hardly fought to bring back the WBO crown he lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013. Rigondeauz was stripped off the crown due to inactivity, according to reports.

”The guy was amazing. The guy was strong. I give it to him. I think that was the toughest fight I’ve ever been in my life,” Donaire said after the fight.

Donaire’s knees hit the floor in the 10th round but the referee ruled it a slip as Juarez surged in the later rounds to no avail.

Donaire improved his record to 36-3 with 23 wins via knockouts, scoring his third straight win after his six-round knockout defeat to Nicholas Walters that cost him his featherweight world title last year.

Juarez, 24, said it was “tremendous fight” but found his four winning streak stopped and dropped his ring record to 17-4. (PNA)

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