The Boxing Writers Association of America have picked their top fighter in 2012, and his name is Nonito Donaire.
Donaire, known to fans as the “Filipino Flash,” has been voted the “Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year” by the association.
The Filipino Flash moved up in weight and added four wins to his record, something which is rare among boxers in this day and age. He is currently now 31-1.
He capped off the year by defeating Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. to capture the WBO Super Bantamweight championship. He also captured The Ring Super Bantamweight and WBC Diamond Super Bantamweight titles from Japan’s Toshiaki “Speed King” Nishioka after he won the fight via TKO in the ninth-round.
In his last fight he scored a third-round knockout over Mexico’s Jorge Acre back in December 2012.
The “Sugar Ray Robinson” award is just one of several accolades he has earned in this past year. He received Fighter of the Year from several publications including Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Yahoo Sports.
With fighters like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather always making the boxing headlines, a fighter like Donaire is a breath of fresh air for boxing fans who are looking for an alternative to the Mayweathers and the Pacquiaos.
The awards banquet will take place in the spring. He is also rumored to be fighting Abner Mares or Guillermo Rigondeaux in April.
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