The Filipino Flashlifted the spirits of his countrymen by dominating Mexican veteran Jorge Arce in a third-round knockout victory and retain his WBO super bantamweight title in Houston, Texas Saturday.
Donaire felt the pressure off his back after the sensational win just one week afterlost to Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.
In the first round, Donaire landed a series of jabs and left hooks that keep Arce keep Arce at bay. The Mexican is more cautious after crashing to the canvas in the second round with a combination of a left hook and a right uppercut.
In the Donaire vs Arce fight video above, the Filipino who grew up in San Francisco Bay Area, easily tag Arce with a series of left uppercuts sent Arce down for the second time in the fight. Eventhough Arce beat the count, Donaire finished the fight with a series of right hooks to the head, and a final left hook to the jaw that knocked down Arce for good.
It was the fourth victory of Donaire (31-1 20 KO) in 2012, having earned decision victories over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico and Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa, and then knocked out Toshiaki Nishioka last October.
"My left hook was my damaging punch," Donaire said in the post-fight interview. "I hit him in the neck and he got real wobbly." Donaire hinted he'll move up a higher division by next year and land more lucrative fights.