Nonito Donaire again defied Father Time as he defended his WBC bantamweight title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California with a fourth round knockout of fellow Filipino, Reymart Gaballo.
The evergreen Donaire won the vacant title in April, with a fourth round knockout of Nordine Oubaali, which added another world title to the collection of ‘The Filipino Flash’ who is a four weight world champion. Gaballo was coming off an impressive split decision win over former world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez that earned him his shot against Donaire.
Donaire was intent on attack from the first bell, walking Gaballo down and landing plenty of meaty shots both off his lead and on the counter in the opening round. Gaballo was unmoved though, having the odd slice of success, and the contest had the look as if it was going the distance. Donaire though rendered the judges redundant in the fourth, as he uncorked a savage left hook to the body of Gaballo that dropped him to the canvas. He attempted to rise, but dropped to a knee again, and he was counted out with seconds of the frame to go.
THE RENAISSANCE CONTINUES! @filipinoflash retains his WBC bantamweight title with a powerful body shot 👏 #DonaireGaballo pic.twitter.com/B2FN9oC7tO
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 12, 2021
At super bantamweight, Marlon Tapales, a former world champion, took two rounds to dispatch Japan’s Hiroaki Teshigawara. Teshigawara was down twice in the first round, and once more in the second, as Tapales secured a dominant win.
in the battle of the undefeated, Cody Crowley moved to 20-0, as he came off the deck in the second round to take a unanimous points win over ten against Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. Scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 95-94 confirmed the Canadian as the winner.
Brandun Lee also remained unbeaten, scoring a seventh round knockout against Juan Heraldez. At super welterweight, Custio Clayton, who held Sergey Lipinets to a draw last time out, took a ten round points win against Cameron Krael. Scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 95-94 got the job done for Clayton.
Brandon Lee with a perfectly timed KO perfectly placed on Juan Heraldez in Round 7#premierboxing#TopRank #Brandon #boxing #FinalBattle #LomaCommey #WannaOne pic.twitter.com/jNsJhtSdBv
— Sports Verse (@verse_sports) December 12, 2021
Andrew Tabiti returned after a lengthy time away, and the former cruiserweight world title challenger knocked out Mitch Williams in five rounds. At welterweight, Bryan Roberto Flores Favela knocked out Tyrone Luckey in a round, and at super lightweight, Jesus Silveyra Carillo notched a second round knockout against Miguel Angel Perez Aispuro. Heavyweight hope Gurgen Hovhannisyan stopped Nick Jones in two rounds.