Donaire crushes Prado on return to 122lbs; Nietes retains WBO title
Former pound for pound number two Nonito Donaire made a scintillating recovery from his disappointing loss to Nicholas Walters with a second round stoppage win over William Prado on Saturday.
Fighting in his native Philippines for the first time in some six years, Donaire made short work of the Brazilian to inflict a second knockout on Prado in his five losses. The 32 year-old is now 34-3, with 22 KO’s having picked up the vacant NABF super bantamweight with the crushing win.
Another world title fight could be in the offing for Donaire in his very next bout, with the likes of Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz all possibilities for the ‘Filipino Flash’ in the coming twelve months.
On top billing, WBO flyweight champion Donnie Nietes retained his title with a ninth round stoppage win over Gilberto Parra. Nietes secured a 35th triumph in his 40th pro contest and remains undefeated in over a decade.
Earlier on the Araneta Coliseum bill, super bantamweight Albert Pagara stopped Rodolfo Hernandez in five rounds, whilst Ryo Akaho took only four rounds to end his bantamweight clash with Prosper Ankrah. Crowd favourite AJ Banal also recorded a victory on the card as the former world title challenger easily out-pointed Junior Bajawa over eight rounds 80-71.