Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. just bags The RING Magazine's 2012 Fighter of the Year award for his impressive wins the past year.
Donaire was the fans' top choice in RingTV.com's year-end polls by garnering 55.2%
This is what RING editor Doug Fisher said:
“The 30-year-old veteran fought four times in 2012 and in the process of doing so the former flyweight and bantamweight titleholder established himself as the best 122-pound fighter on the planet, as well as the Fighter of the Year in the eyes of the fans who took part in RingTV.com's year-end awards poll."
Fischer added that Doniare was the busiest among today's elite fighters:
"Elite fighters – those precious few who fans and boxing media view as the pound-for-pound best, seldom fight more than twice a year. Donaire was the exception to that rule in 2012."
Fisher on Donaire’s voluntary drug testing stance:
"Donaire, who doesn't require that his opponents undergo the same testing and makes the results of his drug tests public, was commended by fans and media alike in 2012, the year that performance-enhancing drug use became a hot-button issue in the sport after Lamont Peterson, Andre Berto, Antonio Tarver and Erik Morales were each found to have banned substances in their bodies either prior to or after major fights."
Donaire bested Juan Manuel Marquez, who got 27.3% of the fan votes.
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