Nonito Donaire

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Nonito Donaire Jr.


Real Name Nonito Donaire Jr.
Birth Date November 16 1982
Birth Place Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Real name Nonito Donaire Jr.
Nickname(s) The Filipino Flash
Rated at Flyweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.67 m)
Nationality Flag of the Philippines Philippines
Flag of the United States United States citizen
Birth date November 16 1982
Birth place Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 26
Wins by KO 18
Losses 1
Draws 0

Nonito Donaire, Jr., (born 16 November 1982) nicknamed The Filipino Flash because of his hand and foot speed, is a Filipino three-division world boxing champion and the former International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO), and The Ring Super Bantamweight Champion. He is also the former World Boxing Council (WBC), WBO Bantamweight, Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight, IBF and IBO Flyweight Champion.He is currently ranked as the number ten pound-for-pound boxer by Ring magazine.


Amateur Career

Donaire has been a very successful boxer even as an amateur. Before 2001, he had won three amateur tournaments in the US, The National Silver Gloves, National Junior Olympics, and the National USA Tournament. In 1999, the young boxer won the International Jr. In 2000, Donaire made it to the finals of the US Olympic Trials, but his bid was cut short by a controversial loss to fellow Filipino Brian Viloria.

Professional Career

Donaire turned pro in 2001 and in his second fight, he suffered his first and only defeat. However, in the next five years, Donaire won three regional titles in the flyweight division: The WBO Asia Pacific title via a second round knockout of Kaichon Sor Vorapin of Thailand; the North American Boxing Federation title via a split decision against Kahren Harutyunyan of Armenia; and the North America Boxing Organization via a unanimous decision win against Oscar Andrade of Mexico.

Donaire won his first world championship - the International Boxing Federation flyweight title - with a sensational fifth-round knockout of formerly undefeated southpaw Vic Darchinyan of Armenia on 7 July 2007 in Connecticut, USA. His counter left hook that landed on Darchinyan’s jaw won as Ringside Magazine's knockout and upset of the year for 2007. After dethroning Darchinyan, he beat Luis Maldonado of Mexico via an eighth-round technical knockout (TKO) in his first defense of his titles on 1 December 2007 in Connecticut.

In 2008, he only fought once, again defending his title with a sixth-round TKO over challenger Moroti Mthalane of South Africa in Las Vegas, USA on November 1.

The following year, he successfully defended his title for the third straight time versus Mexican Raul Martinez on 19 April in Quezon City via a TKO in the 4th round. On 15 September 2009 he won the interim World Boxing Association world super flyweight title over Rafael Concepcion of Panama in the USA.

Donaire started his 2010 campaign with a third-round KO of Mexican Manuel Vargas in Las Vegas in a non-title fight on 13 February, followed by an eighth-round TKO of another Mexican, Hernan Marquez, in Puerto Rico and a fourth-round KO of former world champion Volodymyr Sydorenko of Ukraine in December 4 for the then vacant WBC Continental American bantamweight title in California, USA.

On 20 February 2011, Donaire fought his biggest bout of his career, facing erstwhile WBC and WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico, who then sported a superior 44-2-2, 35 knockout record. Donaire surprised Montiel with a powerful left hook to the head in the second round. Though Montiel barely survived the referee's count, he was immediately barraged by Donaire as the fight ended via a TKO at the 2:25 mark of round two.


Donaire is orginally from General Santos City, Philippines. He moved to the United States at a young age and grew up in the Bay Area, California. Some of his favorite hobbies are singing, dancing, teaching boxing, traveling and playing Counter-Strike on PC.

His older brother, Glenn Donaire, was also a professional boxer, and they used to train together under the tutelage of their father Nonito Donaire, Sr.

Donaire is completely fluent in the Visayan, Tagalog and English languages.

On 8 August 2008, Donaire married former US taekwondo champion Rachel Marcial Donaire under civil rites. They plan to have a church wedding on 11 November 2011 (11-11-11).

Boxing Championships and Accomplishments


  • 1998 National Silver Gloves Champion
  • 1999 National Jr. Olympics Champion
  • 1999 International Jr. Olympics Champion
  • 2000 National USA Tournament Champion
  • 2002-09-01 Won WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title def Kaichon Sor Vorapin by KO in round 2
  • 2006-01-20 Won NABF Super flyweight title defeated Kahren Harutyunyan by UD in round 12
  • 2006-10-07 Defended NABF super flyweight title def Oscar Andrade by UD in round 12
  • 2007-07-07 Won IBF flyweight title def Vic Darchinyan by KO in round 5
  • 2007-07-07 Won IBO flyweight title def Vic Darchinyan by KO in round 5
  • 2008-11-01 Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles def Moruti Mthalane by TKO in round 6
  • 2009-04-19 Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles def Raul Martinez by TKO in round 4
  • 2009-08-15 Won Interim WBA super flyweight title def Rafael Concepcion by UD
  • 2010-02-13 Retained Interim WBA super flyweight title def Manuel Vargas by KO in round 3
  • 2010-07-10 Retained Interim WBA super flyweight title def Hernan Marquez by TKO in round 8
  • 2010-12-04 Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight title def Wladimir Sidorenko by KO in round 4
  • 2011-02-19 Won WBC and WBO Bantamweight titles def Fernando Montiel by TKO in round 2
  • 2011-10-22 Retained WBC and WBO Bantamweight titles def Omar Andres by UC
  • 2012-02-04 Won vacant WBO super Bantamweight title def Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr.
  • 2012-07-07 Retained WBO super Bantamweight title. Won IBF super bantamweight title def Jeffrey Mathebula
  • 2012-10-13 Retained WBO super Bantamweight title. Won vacant The Ring Super Bantamweight title. Awarded WBC Diamond belt def Toshiaki Nishioka by TKO in round 9
  • 2012-12-15 Defends WBO and The Ring Super Bantamweight titles against Jorge Arce
  • 2013-04-13 Lost WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles. For WBA (Super) Super Bantamweight title.
  • 2013-11-09 Non-title fight that was a rematch of their 2007 fight.


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  3. Henson, Joaquin. “Donaire destroys Montiel, bags bantam crowns.”, Sports. [2] (Accessed on February 21, 2011).
  4. Granada, Gilrenald James R. “Donaire Kos Montiel, claims WBC and WBO titles.” Philippine Online Chronicles, News. [3] (Accessed on February 21, 2011).

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