Weekend Wrap Up: The New Kid On The Block.

Nonito Donaire became boxing’s newest star last Saturday night with a gruesome KO Of Fernando Montiel.

This was a highly anticipated fight coming in as both fighters were at the top of their game. Both had power, experience, and plenty of swag. It would come down to who would make the first mistake. Well, Fernando made that fatal mistake.

All it took was one brilliantly timed left hook from Nonito to stretch Fernando. Big props for Fernando rising to his feet, but he was gone as the ref merciful called it of once Donaire pounced on him.

Unlike Bradley-Alexander which was another huge fight going in that lacked fireworks and awing thrills, Nonito delivered in this fight, and just as Martinez made a huge statement in his second round KO of Paul Williams in their big fight, Nonito made his new star statement with that viscous KO.

He’s something special, that’s what special fighters do, put on amazing performances in huge fights. His upside is huge and I agree with other experts that think he’s just as talented as Pacquaio and I say that he’s more developed that Pacquaio was at this stage of Nonito’s career. That’s scary and delightful for us as huge fights with Gamboa and Juama loom at featherweight.

Nonito, like Pacquaio, and Martinez, is carrying that can’t wait to see him fight again buzz and that’s just what boxing needs, another new star that has fans clamoring for more.

Mike who? No more.

Mike Jones stepped up his game with a well balanced attack and win against Jesus Soto-Karass. There were doubts about Mike going into this rematch but Mike silenced them with his balanced attack. He is no doubt, a solid welterweight contender that perhaps just needs a little more seasoning before becoming a world champion.

His footwork is still suspect, but he used his distance and range well, setting up brutal body shots with his relentlessly effective jab.

His defense also looked much better. You really can’t ask more from him in this stage of his career, just a little more patience and seasoning is needed before he realizes his fullest potential.

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