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Donaire dominates Concepcion to take title

NONITO Donaire unanimously outpointed Rafael Concepcion in Las Vegas on Saturday to take the WBA interim title in his super flyweight debut.

Donaire, the 26-year-old Filipino who vacated his IBF flyweight title to move up in weight, improved to 22-1. All three judges gave the fight to Donaire.

"I'm here to give honor to my country," said Donaire, cheered on by a large Filipino crowd. "We are great fighters. I came here to represent and fight with all of my heart."

Donaire used a potent jab to cut open a gash under the left eye of his Panamanian opponent midway through the second round.

"The cut really bothered me in the first few rounds, but I got used to it," Concepcion said. "This fight was a marathon and I was here to run the entire race."

Donaire, who successfully defended his flyweight title three times, is determined to get fights with Fernando Montiel and Jorge Arce, the super flyweight division's two biggest names, before moving up, perhaps eventually to lightweight.

"Those are the guys on top of me," Donaire said. "I want to fight them to prove I belong."

In Biloxi, Mississippi, Roy Jones Jr toyed with the crowd and with Jeff Lacy, stopping his overwhelmed opponent after the 10th round on Saturday to retain the NABO light heavyweight championship title.

The 40-year old former eight-time world champion used a left hook to cut Lacy's right eye in the third round, and both of Lacy's eyes were swelling by the seventh. Lacy didn't answer the bell for the 11th round.

Lacy, 32, is a former IBF super middleweight champion with four successful defenses before losing to Joe Calzaghe in 2006.


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