Donaire retains super flyweight title

Nonito Donaire knocked out last-minute replacement Manuel Vargas in

the third round of their fight Saturday night.

Donaire controlled the bout throughout before flooring Vargas

for good with a solid right uppercut at 1:33 in the third.

“It was a matter of relaxing and working my game plan,”

Donaire said. “I went side to side, leading with the jab, then

landed that hard uppercut.”

Donaire, the WBA interim super flyweight champion, was

scheduled to fight Gerson Guerrero. But Guerrero failed his

pre-fight physical, paving the way for Vargas.

“It was a crazy week,” Donaire said. “It didn’t matter who I

fought, I simply tried to figure him out.”

On the undercard, WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel

knocked out Ciso Morales at 2:06 of the first round with two

devastating body shots. Morales hit the canvas in obvious pain and

was unable to beat the count.

Eric Morel earned a split-decision victory against Gerry

Penalosa in a WBO interim bantamweight title fight. The judges

scored it 115-113 and 116-112 in favor of Morel and 115-113 for

Penalosa.

Bernabe Concepcion won an unanimous decision over Mario

Santiago, and Jose Benavidez, Matt Korobov and Diego Magdaleno also

were winners on the undercard.