Nonito Donaire knew he had nearly an impossible act to follow. Right before he took the ring, Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado brawled through arguably the most sensational fight of the year.
Donaire did his best to provide his own thrills, and he eventually finished off another tough opponent on an impressive list.
Donaire stopped Toshiaki Nishioka at 1:54 of the ninth round Saturday night, defending his WBO 122-pound title with a dominant performance in his 29th straight victory.
But fans at the sold-out Home Depot Center booed much of the champion's win because of what happened right before it.
Rios stopped Alvarado in the seventh round of a sensational 140-pound bout in the co-main event. Both previously unbeaten fighters absorbed enormous punishment and rallied tenaciously in a fight compared to Ali-Frazier, Hagler-Hearns and Corrales-Castillo by promoter Bob Arum.
''This really exceeded what I thought,'' Arum said. ''These two guys stood in the center of the ring. They didn...