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Palace congratulates Donaire for his victory over Sidorenko

Manila (6 December) -- Malacanang welcomed with elation, the fresh victory of another Filipino boxer, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire over Wladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine, barely three weeks after Manny Pacquiao's victory over Mexican Antonio Margarito.

Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte congratulated the 27-year old Donaire who is a native of Talibon, BohoI, in a radio interview on Sunday over government-run DzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The "Filipino Flash" was hailed as the new WBC Continental Bantamweight Champion after beating the former WBA champion Sidorenko via technical knockout.

The referee stopped the fight with 1:48 still remaining in the fourth round of a scheduled 12-round bantamweight title match held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

"We'd like to congratulate Mr. Donaire again, for winning this bout? I think katatapos lang po, the referee stopped the fight at the fourth round. So, congratulations Mr. Donaire, Mabuhay ka!" Valte said.

Donaire literally overpowered Sidorenko from the start putting the Ukrainian down the canvass three times with overwhelming power shots.

After the win, the ranked number five in the pound for pound ratings of The Ring magazine, Donaire earned the right to challenge Mexican boxer Fernando Montiel in the 118-pound titles early next year.

Montiel is the current WBO and WBC Bantamweight champion and The Ring Magazine's number seven in the pound for pound ranking.

Right after toppling Ukranian Wladimir Sidorenko on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. thanked Filipino fans who have supported him in his interim World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title conquest.

"Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat, sa lahat ng mga prayers niyo. Alam ko nagpra-pray kayo sa akin... Sana po na-enjoy niyo iyong laban ko and I will do everything again. I hope I made you guys proud," said Donaire, who now boasts a 25-1 record.

The Boholano pugilist delivered a stunning performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. He only needed 4 rounds to give Sidorenko his first knockout loss.

Donaire showed dominance as he knocked down his opponent during the closing seconds of round 1. (PIA 8) [top]

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