Nonito Donaire stepped out from the dark, and dim lit tunnel into the welcoming crowd. Chanting his name “Nonito”, “Nonito”… It was his bout against the former two time Bantam weight champion Volodymyr Sydorenko. Nonito was in his best shape ever in his boxing career, and he hopes Sydorenko would offer a challenge when they step in the ring. However, it wasn’t much of a boxing match. It was a one-sided and bloody affair. Knocking down Sydorenko in rounds 1 and 3 until Nonito delivered the final blow in round 4.
The performance was a bold statement for Nonito’s next opponent. There is nothing, no one, who could stop him.
With the possible match up against Fernando Montiel this February, Nonito is in for his toughest test. He is very motivated. It’s been years, since he fought a real competition, against a cocky Armenian in Vic Darchinyan way back three years ago. The case was he was too good and too risky to fight. Champions belonging on the same division opt to go in a different way. Nonito had to make a decision in moving up where competitions are greater and the risk is bigger. Sydorenko was his first litmus test in the Bantamweight division, and he passed in flying colors.
This is not about chasing legacies or chasing Manny Pacquiao. He knows there won’t be any other Manny. Not in this lifetime… This is all about an opportunity to prove that he belongs there on the top. And Fernando Montiel is his ticket.
At 28 years old, there are still a lot of mountains to climb and a lot of battles to conquer. After Montiel, there are still Israel Vasquez, Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. and Steve Molitor, who could give him a good fight if he goes up again one division higher.
Nonito, thank the crowd after his amazing performance against Sydorenko. The crowd appreciated and cheered him all the way back to the tunnel. It was more like a sparring session rather than a fight. But it was a masterful performance by a crafty and gifted fighter. Nonito smiled as he moves forward back to his dressing room. he was overly happy because after Sydorenko, for the first time in such a long time he finally gets the fight he wanted-Montiel then the world…