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Oubaali vs Donaire: Boxing pros react to Nonito Donaire’s knockout win and another history making night

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Nonito Donaire’s legendary career rolls on with another huge win.

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Another fight, another win that builds the legend of Nonito Donaire, as he stopped Nordine Oubaali inside of four rounds to become the oldest recognized bantamweight champion in boxing history.

At 38, Donaire (41-6, 27 KO) has countryman Gerry Penalosa beaten by three years to take the record, picking up the WBC belt after a third knockdown of Oubaali saw referee Jack Reiss stop the fight in Carson, California.

The pros were, as you’d expect, once again supremely impressed by Donaire, who has put together an obvious Hall of Fame career, well beyond any idea of a minimum requirement. And he also remains one of the most genuinely respected, well-liked fighters we’ve seen in a long time; there’s nobody who doesn’t like Nonito Donaire.

So the glowing praise is expected, but it’s also sincere. Here’s what Tim Bradley, Andre Ward, and many others had to say about another incredible night in the career of “The Filipino Flash.”