Donaire makes history, back as world champ with KO win over Oubaali

CARSON, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Nonito Donaire (C) celebrates his fourth round KO win against Nordine Oubaali during their WBC World Bantamweight Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 29, 2021 in Carson, California. Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Nonito Donaire defied Father Time with a vintage performance, knocking out Nordine Oubaali to win the WBC bantamweight champion Sunday (Manila time) in Carson, California.

The 38-year-old Donaire became the oldest bantamweight champion in boxing history and dealt the French-Moroccan his first loss.

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“Father time is on my side,” said Donaire in a story on Agence France-Presse. “I believe the human body is an incredible machine if we take care of it. Mentally you are only as strong as your mind can be.

“Being at this age is not the question. It is my ability to grow. It is not what age you are, but how strong you are mentally,” he added. “I am back. The whole time I was not fighting I was learning. I am ready for the next one.”

Donaire decked Oubaali thrice—with the last knockdown coming in the fourth round—prompting the referee to stop the fight as “The Filipino Flash” dominated from start to finish.

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