SAN LEANDRO’S FILIPINO FLASH KOs CHAMP IN 2ND ROUND
Donaire, who was born in General Santos City in the Philiipines, the same city as world champion Manny Pacquiao and grew up in San Leandro while attending San Lorenzo High. The explosive Donaire won both the WBO and WBC bantamweight titles from the future hall of famer Montiel (44-3-2) with a quick, explosive left hook that fell the Mexican with such force that he appeared to be convulsing on the mat. Montiel was rushed to a nearby hospital for observation, but the night may have been a national coming-out party for boxing's next rising star.
The second round knockout was Donaire’s 18th in 27 career fights (26-1). Donaire told HBO during his post-fight interview he would like to stay in the bantamweight division, but some at Top Rank Boxing may be urging him to move up in weight from 118 pounds to 122, or possibly 126. The Filipino’s career trajectory mimics that of Pacquiao and it may be by design. Most boxing analyst see Donaire as possibly the heir apparent to arguably the sport’s biggest name.
The knockout at 2:25 of the second round came after a brief flurry from Montiel resulting in a blinding left hook by Donaire to the head. Montiel’s legs shuddered while on the ground, yet he was able to barely beat the count before the referee stopped the fight after another combination from Donaire.
-STEVEN TAVARESPOLITICS HOMEGROWN eastbaycitizen.com