Nonito Donaire wins the vacant the WBA interim super flyweight belt against the tough and rugged Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion while fellow Filipino slugger Bernabe Concepcion got disqualified after unleashing a two-punch combination against WBO featherweight titlist Steve Luevano after the bell ended the seventh round.
It was good fight for Donaire, who fought someone who was way beyond the weight limit. But what interests me though is that Donaire was not able to bring down Concepcion, even when Donaire landed some crisp power shots. Does this mean that Donaire cannot carry his power as he moves up? Or was it simply Concepcion weighed 10 pounds more? You decide.
Bad news for Bernabe Concepcion, who fought his first world title fight the same night. A couple of seconds after the bell sounded in the seventh round, Concepcion tagged Luevano with a two-shot combo and dropped him to the canvas. Luevano stayed down for a couple of minutes before he got up.
Referee Jay Nady immediately disqualified Concepcion for his actions. Trainer Freedi Roach argued to Concepcion’s defense but Nady stayed firm with his call. A possible rematch between the two is now in the works.