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Larry Merchant’s contract with HBO has expired, and he has decided to call it quits after 35 years of being the best-known TV commentator for boxing.
Merchant’s last fight was last night in Houston in which Nonito Donaire knocked out Jorge Arce in three rounds. Here’s what Merchant had to say in his goodbye statement:
“This is the final, final thoughts. I’ve been lucky to be in this sporting life for a long, long time. But the luckiest thing that ever happened to me was to join a start-up company that became what HBO is today, a breakthrough creative world network. And nothing I’ve done could match that.
“But, now, there’s another future. Might be here, it might be there, it might be anywhere, it might be everywhere. I can’t possibly thank all the talented people and friends who I see as the adults who really make all this happen, and who have allowed me to play in the sandbox for all these years. But I do want to single out a few people who started this enterprise and nurtured it:...
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Nonito Donaire ended Jorge Arce's career in Houston tonight in a junior featherweight bout that also served as the finale for HBO analyst Larry Merchant. As predicted, Donaire was simply too big, too powerful and too fast for Arce, and demolished the Mexican action hero with his trademark left hook at the end of round 3.
Arce (6-7-2, 46 KO) uncharacteristically retreated...
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Nonito Donaire took a major gamble when he decided to fight Jorge Arce on Saturday in Houston.
The Filipino Flash busted up his knuckle during his 9th-round TKO win over Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13. The cut on Donaire’s knuckle on his left hand was so bad one could see blood through his hand wraps. It required eight stitches to close.
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Nonito Donaire stopped Jorge Arce with left late in the third round Saturday night to retain the WBO super-bantamweight title and send the Mexican veteran into retirement.
Donaire, from the Philippines, improved to 31-1 with his 20th knockout. Arce dropped to 61-7-2.
''My left hook was a damaging hook tonight,'' Donaire said. ''I felt very strong in the...
Nonito Donaire made quick work of Jorge Arce on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Filipino Flash scored a 3rd round KO victory over the Mexican legend, and while nearly everyone expected Donaire to close the show in this fight in spectacular fashion, few thought it would be this easy.
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WBO and The Ring super bantamweight king “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire will defend his belts against four-division titlist Jorge Arce tomorrow night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), who has emerged victorious in 29 … Continue reading →