Filipino boxers Nonito Donaire, Mark Magsayo honored in WBC Best of 2021

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Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo have been recognized in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) “The Best of 2021” awards. Photos from WBC

The Philippines’ top boxers Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo are among the honorees of the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) “The Best of 2021” awards for their phenomenal performances this season.

Reigning WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire was named the recipient of the “Comeback of the Year” award after regaining his world championship title.

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The 39-year-old Donaire made history when he became the oldest boxer to win a bantamweight title after defeating Frenchman Nordine Oubaali by knockout in the fourth round in their match held in May.

The Filipino Flash recently successfully defended his crown against compatriot Reymart Gaballo, also by knockout in the fourth round in their December 11 bout.

Donaire’s fellow awardee in the year-ender list is female fighter Jessica Gonzalez from Mexico City.

Undefeated Filipino featherweight boxer Mark Magsayo, who is trained by Freddie Roach, was hailed “Prospect of the Year”.

The 26-year-old Filipino boxer from Leyte scored a major win after knocking out former Mexican world champion Julio “Pollito” Ceja in August.

Magsayo is set to meet American Gary Russell Jr. to defend his WBC featherweight title in January 2022.

The Filipino boxers were among the award winners recognized for their outstanding contributions to the sport announced by the WBC on December 14.

Best of 2021 winners were selected based on votes cast online on the WBC website.

Team Philippines’ boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam took home silver medals, and Eumir Marcial won bronze during their successful 2020 Tokyo Olympics campaign.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the Philippines’ top boxers Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo for being among the honorees of the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) “The Best of 2021” awards for their phenomenal performances this season.

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