March 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES, March 16 - Golden Boy Promotions is extremely pleased to announce the signing of Two-Division World Champion Nonito Donaire to its roster of fighters. The 28-year-old native of the Philippines is coming off of a dominant second round stoppage of Fernando Montiel on February 19, which earned him the WBC and WBO Bantamweight World Titles. Now, as he looks to continue his reign as one of the top pound-for-pound boxers today, "The Filipino Flash" has signed an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Golden Boy Promotions.
"Nonito Donaire is one of the top boxers in the world today and we're going to make sure he gets the chance to defend his world titles and stays as active as possible," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "The bantamweight division is becoming one of the most competitive and exciting divisions in boxing and we look forward to promoting Nonito in great fights in the coming years."
"I'm honored to be joining so many great fighters and champions on the Golden Boy Promotions team, with," said Donaire. "I'm going to fight my heart out every time I'm in the ring and will give fans the fights they want to see."
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A native of Talibon, Bohol, Philippines who now resides in San Leandro, California, Donaire (26-1, 18 KO's) is unbeaten since his lone loss in his first year as a professional in 2001. Since then, he has defeated everyone put in his path, and in July of 2007, he won the IBF and IBO Flyweight World Titles with a fifth round knockout of then-unbeaten Vic "Raging Bull" Darchiniyan. He went on to defend his titles three times before winning the WBA Super Flyweight Interim World Title with a unanimous decision victory over Rafael "Torito" Concepcion in August of 2009, which he then successfully defended in August of 2010 against Hernan "Tyson" Marquez. Following the Marquez fight, Donaire moved up to the bantamweight division where in just his second bout at the new weight, he shocked the boxing world with the ease with which he dominated Fernando "Cochulito" Montiel in February. In 2011, Donaire will look to defend his new crown with Golden Boy Promotions in his corner.
Courtesy Golden Boy Promotions media services.