Donaire No. 2 in ESPN's ratings

Posted at 02/08/2012 12:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Newly crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire is now ranked No. 2 in ESPN's super bantamweight/junior featherweight ratings.

Donaire defeated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr via split decision last Saturday in San Antonio to annex the WBO super bantamweight crown, his first championship at the 122-pound division.

"Donaire, one of boxing's pound-for-pound stars, gave up his bantamweight belts and moved up to junior featherweight to claim a vacant belt February 4 by dismantling former titlist Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.," ESPN's Dan Rafael wrote.

"The Filipino Flash" is now No. 2 in ESPN’s 122-pound ratings, just behind Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka, who holds the World Boxing Council junior featherweight belt.

Donaire overtook Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux, the World Boxing Association champion.

Rafael said Donaire's next fight is expected to be against Mexican star Jorge Arce, assuming that the Filipino boxer's injured left hand will heal quickly.

In The RING’s ratings, Donaire is ranked No. 3 in the 122-pound division, behind Nishioka and Rigondeaux.