SOURCE: Manila Bulletin
Making his first defense of the belt he won over Mexican Cesar Juarez in Puerto Rico last December, Donaire floored Bedak twice in the second round with a left uppercut and a left hook followed by another in the third that forced referee Russell Mora to stop the bout at the 2:44 round clocktime.
Donaire’s 37th career victory with 24 KOs in 40 matches could set him up for a future showdown with the division’s top fighters like Irishman Carl Frampton or Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, who beat the Filipino Flash in a unification fight three years earlier. Bedak, who lost his second chance at a world title, was hardly a challenger as Donaire started off with some solid lefts before being overwhelmed in the end.
About 15,000 fans attended the spectacle at the outdoor facility, with actor Gerald Anderson and Andrew E, who performed Donaire’s entrance music, as some of the notable attendees. Earlier, Mark Magsayo recovered from a third round knockdown on his way to a sixth round stoppage of American Chris Avalos and wrested the WBO international featherweight crown.
Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Magsayo got a huge scare when Avalos threw a left hook that sent him to the canvas for the first time in his career, only for the ALA fighter to redeem himself with strong shots in the fifth and sixth. Filipino referee Danrex Tapdasan ended the bout at 1:55, keeping Magsayo unbeaten after 14 fights.
Jason Pagara, the No. 1 contender for Terence Crawford’s WBO super lightweight belt, outpointed Mexican Miguel “Mikel” Zamudo in a 10-round match. Two judges gave Pagara a score of 98-92 while a third judge had it 99-91 despite almost getting deduction for two low blows.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/donaire-scores-ko-on-third-round/#PHbB4pF0yCT7ORAi.99