Last Saturday, April 19th, Filipino pugilists Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria succeeded in winning their respective bouts in a match dubbed The Flash And The Furious, in the Araneta Coliseum, the Philippines. Donaire was pitted against the previously unbeaten Raul “La Cobrita” Martinez, whose stoppage came after his fourth knockdown in the fourth round. Donaire’s record improves to 21-1 with 14 Kos, while the Texan Martinez suffers his first loss after 24 fights.
Boxing betting analysts, boxing experts, and bookers have proclaimed the power-punching Donaire as the clear favorite, stating that while Martinez has more professional fights, majority of Donaire’s bouts are against top quality boxers. Humble in defeat, Martinez even waved the Philippine flag as a salute to the Filipino people, whom he says are very hospitable during his stay.
While Donaire enjoyed a quick victory over his challenger, fellow Filipino boxer Brian Viloria had to go under fire to knock former IBF light flyweight champion Ulises Solis of Mexico off his throne and claim the belt. Viloria was unusually aggressive from the get-go but the wily Solis always found a way to halt the hungry Viloria in his attacks. There were rounds that have Viloria swarming Solis in the early phase, but the veteran showed composure and dictated the middle rounds.
The end came in the eleventh round when Viloria connected a powerful right cross to Solis’ jaw, sending the Mexican down for the count. Experts, sports analyst, and sports betting makers have declared Viloria over the hill after his lackluster performances in 2006. But Viloria proved them wrong as he stopped Solis’ streak of eight successful title defenses. Viloria’s record improved to 25-2, with two No Contests. Solis’s record now stands at 28-2, with two draws.