One exciting victory may be all that it takes to bring Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire back to primetime. Donaire (37-3, 24 KO’s) made quick work of Hungarian foe Zsolt Bedak (25-2, 8 KO’s) Saturday, April 23, in Cebu City, Philippines, stopping his foe in the 3rd round of a scheduled 12.
Referee Russell Mora of Las Vegas waived off the bout officially at 2:44 of round three, after Donaire sent Bedak to the canvas for the third time. The Filipino also decked the Hungarian twice in the second round, prior to the fight ending sequence in the third. With the victory, Donaire retains his WBO super bantamweight title, which he was awarded after a unanimous decision win over Cesar Juarez last December.
It was never close and Donaire dominated for as long as the fight lasted. Bedak, who had not faced anyone near the caliber of Donaire, had no business being in the ring with a former 5-division world champion.
Although the fight brought action and excitement to a packed Cebu City Sports Complex crowd, it was extremely one-sided as Bedak was tailor-made for Donaire’s quick hands and powerful left hook.
Bedak, 32, is slow, not particularly powerful, and terribly flat-footed — all qualities which played perfectly into Donaire’s strengths.
Donaire used sharp counterpunching and a stiff left jab to keep Bedak cautious and reluctant to engage. A Donaire combination dropped Bedak for the first time early in the second round, and moments later, a Donaire left uppercut replicated the feat.
In the third round, there was a sense that it was only a matter of time before Donaire closed the show. After a brief moment of Donaire hunting for a knockout, a left hook finished off Bedak who quickly got up to his feet but failed to show the referee his willingness to continue fighting.
Filipino featherweight prospect, Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (14-0, 11 KO’s) of Cebu City’s ALA boxing stable, won impressively against tough contender Chris “Hitman” Avalos (26-5, 19 KO’s) of Lancaster, California, in a classic battle of attrition.
Magsayo overcame being floored to get back up to his feet to stop Avalos with a volley of unanswered left hooks and right straights at 1:55 of round six. Magsayo and Avalos traded powerful shots all throughout, but it was Magsayo who came out on top, passing a very big test in his young career.
After the fight, Magsayo admitted he was not ready for a title shot just yet, but that this victory did very well in boosting his confidence. – By Carlos Cinco (Photos by Jhay Oh Otamias)
Follow this writer on Twitter: @CarlosCincoFCB