MANILA, Dec. 6 – Senator Pia Cayetano filed resolution on Monday, commending Nonito “The Flash” Donaire Jr. for winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title via a fourth round knocked out against Wladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine last Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
In her Senate Resolution No.303, Cayetano recognized the multi-titled Filipino boxer who dominated his Ukranian rival right from the start of their scheduled 12-round championship fight.
Sidorenko, a former Olympic medalist, suffered the first knockout loss of his career as went down the canvass three times from Donaireâ€™s stinging power punches.
“Donaire is one of the promising Filipino athletes in the world of boxing, having a record of 25 wins, 17 by knockout, in his nine-and-a-half-year career in boxing,” the resolution said.
Donaire is currently ranked by Ring Boxing Magazine as the number five pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The prestigious list is topped by world boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.
A two-division world champion, Donaire holds the WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Crown and is a former WBA Super Flyweight Interim World Champion, IBF World Flyweight Champion and IBO World Flyweight Champion.
“Donaire’s discipline, perseverance, dedication, hard work, and sportsmanship should be recognized to set a good example and serve as an inspiration for the Filipino people,” Cayetano said. (PNA)