Nonito Donaire once again became a boxing world champion at the age of 38 by knocking out Nordine Oubaali in round 4 to win the WBC title.
Nonito Donaire created another memorable night in his 20-year professional boxing career on May 29, when he knocked out Nordine Oubaalin in round 4 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, to collect his ninth world title.
Before the fight with Oubaali, the 38-year-old Donaire was adamant that he was in peak physical condition. He told FanSided that clean living and a health-conscious diet were his keys to defying time. It’s hard to argue with the results of his performance.
Rounds 1 and 2 were competitive. Donaire and Oubaali were in a chess match, but Oubaali made many mistakes in round 3.
Oubaali tried to charge the taller Donaire but left himself open to a left hook that sent him down. Oubaali got back up and almost made it out of the round, but Donaire landed another devastating left hook right as the bell rang to end the round.
Nonito Donaire once again defied the odds to capture his ninth world title by knocking out Nordine Oubaali
Oubaali crumpled to the canvas and barely beat the referee’s count. He did make it to his feet but had no idea where he was. Oubaali had to be helped to his corner.
Amazingly, Oubaali answered the bell for round 4 and cleared the fog from the previous round. Unfortunately for Oubaali, he didn’t learn his lesson. He took another Donaire left hook and a left uppercut that sent him down for the last time. Oubaali was out, and the referee called the fight.
Donaire was a legend coming into this fight, but he extended the depths of his legacy. He’s a four-division world champion and now has his ninth world title. He said after the fight that he wants a rematch with IBF and WBA bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue.
Donaire lost a unanimous decision to Inoue in a 2019 war. Now, he’s looking for payback. The way he looked against Oubaali, he may just get it.