Martinez loses his executioner status

DUMPED: Raul Marinez, left, of Mexico is knocked down by Nonito Donaire of the Philippines during their IBF flyweight title bout in Manila, Philippines yesterday. Donaire retained his crown to win via technical knockout as the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round. 19/04/09. PIc. Aaron Favila. © AP.
DUMPED: Raul Marinez, left, of Mexico is knocked down by Nonito Donaire of the Philippines during their IBF flyweight title bout in Manila, Philippines yesterday. Donaire retained his crown to win via technical knockout as the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round. 19/04/09. PIc. Aaron Favila. © AP.

MANILA - Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire knocked down American challenger Raul Martinez four times on Sunday to retain his International Boxing Federation flyweight title.

MANILA - Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire knocked down American challenger Raul Martinez four times on Sunday to retain his International Boxing Federation flyweight title.

Donaire (21-1) pummeled the previously undefeated Martinez (24-1) with rapid punches to the head, sending him to the canvas a fourth time before the referee stopped the fight 2:42 into the fourth round.

"I just did what I had to do," said the 26-year-old Donaire, who earlier vowed not to fail the big hometown crowd at Manila's Araneta Coliseum.

Donaire worked early on Martinez, flooring him twice in the first round and once in the second. In the fourth round, Martinez took a sharp left uppercut and fell backward, prompting referee Pete Podgorski to stop the match.

In a separate bout, America's Brian Viloria knocked out Ulises Solis of Mexico with a powerful right to the jaw in the 11th round to become the new IBF light flyweight champion.

The Hawaii-born Viloria (25-2), who is of Philippine ancestry, raised his arms in victory.

"He's not a Filipino executioner no more. It ended today," Viloria said of Solis (28-2-2), who had beaten three Filipinos in the last two years. - Sapa-AP

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