HomeBoxing NewsNonito Donaire Rewrites History, Drops Nordine Oubaali Thrice, KO In Fourth To Win WBC Title
Nonito Donaire Rewrites History, Drops Nordine Oubaali Thrice, KO In Fourth To Win WBC Title
May 30, 2021
Nonito Donaire made history by becoming a three time bantamweight champion with a stunning fourth round knockout victory over Champion Nordine Oubaali on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Donaire won the WBC bantamweight title, scoring three knockdowns in the process, with the last coming at exactly 1:52 of the fourth round. The referee had no choice but to stop the fight immediately after the drop.
Both fighters went into the fight after a long lay off and both having the same number of days of inactivity as they were both last seen in separate fights of the same card. Their last outing saw Donaire lose a decision to Naoya Inoue in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series, while Nordine Oubaali made the second defence of his title with a decision over Takuma Inoue.
The call for the two to meet was made by the WBC but two COVID 19 postponement derailed the fight before they both got ill with the sickness.
Donaire entered the fight on the back of some huge experience and this was his 20th title fight , while Nordine Oubaali was just making his 18th appearance as a professional.
The Champion started out in a southpaw stance and tried establishing his Jab but the challenger made us of his height and reach to his advantage measuring up the champ and skidding in left hands in any opening while playing defence for most of the round.
Both fighters kept their tactical game on, with Donaire keeping earning some success with his tight hands while applying pressure and a right combination before the end of the round. Oubaali used his movements to evade the challenger and also kept himself breaking through the jab a body shots.
The third round started with some serious action as Donaire went in firing right hands at Oubaali, the champ retaliated with a overhand left of his and both busted into a back and forth. Donaire connected again midway through with another right but that was also retaliated with a left from Oubaali. The third time Donaire connected, Oubaali crumbled to the canvas for the first knockdown towards the end of the third.
Oubaali was lucky to beat the count and was still dizzy from the drop. Donaire sent him back to the canvas an the referee had to clear the ring in order to minister his count. He was saved by the bell afterwards and his need for the one minute break was satisfied.
Donaire sensed the end after the second knockdown and went into the fourth round firing at the yet to be recovered champion. Oubaali without his composure was defenceless and Donaire lunched another attack, sending him down with an uppercut along the ropes. Oubaali collapsed on the canvas and referee Reiss waved the fight off immediately.
Donaire (41-6, 27KOs) ended Oubaali’s two year title reign with his own record breaking achievement being the oldest fighter to win a bantamweight title at the Age of 38. His third title reign in the division and the third major title in the third decade.