Nonito Donaire Jr. victorious in in-ring return, claims WBC Silver title
Nonito Donaire Jr. is the new WBC Silver featherweight champion. (FILE PHOTO)
Five-division world champion and Filipino boxing great Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire was successful in his in-ring return, outpointing Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez to become the new WBC Silver featherweight champion, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the AlamoDome in San Antonio, Texas.
The 34-year old Donaire, who last saw action in November of 2016, took charge of the match early, establishing his speed against the younger Garcia Hernandez.
The Talibon, Bohol native quickly shed off any ring rust as he darted in and out to score points on Hernandez while moving out of the line of fire.
The young Hernandez managed to move Donaire back with some good shots late in the fight, but it wasn't enough to make any significant damage.
After ten rounds, 'The Filipino Flash' earned a clear-cut unanimous decision nod from the judges, 100-90, 97-93, 99-91.
Donaire publicly said that after a win against Garcia Hernandez, he'll be gunning for the game's top featherweights, so expect the Pinoy great to lobby for fights against the likes of Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Leo Santa Cruz, and Oscar Valdez, who recently defended his title against another Pinoy in Genesis Servania.
Donaire improves to 38-4 in his career.
Catch Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire's in-ring return against Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, September 24th, 7:00 PM only on S+A channel 23!