Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California - In a world title showdown between Filipino fighters, WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs) knocked out unbeaten mandatory challenger Reymart Gaballo (24-1, 20 KOs) in the fourth round. (photos by Esther Lin, Sean Michael Ham)
Some hard shots were exchanged in the first round. Gaballo had a tight guard, but he was still cracked with a big Donaire right hand. Gaballo came back with a few shots in the final minute to make it close. In the second, Gaballo was fighting off the back-foot was Donaire was stalking and looking for something big. Both were jabbing and exchanged punches in the closing moments.
In the third, Gaballo was landing a good jab and staggered Donaire back with a right hand. They exchanged hard punches as Gaballo was starting to throw more often. Donaire rallied with a few shots at the end of the round. Gaballo suffered a small cut above the right eye from a head clash.
The fourth was tactical between the two. Donaire was sitting down on his punches more. A series of body punches sent Gabblo down for the full count.