ESPN named junior featherweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire as Boxer of the Year. At the start of 2012 Donaire vacated his bantamweight titles and moved up to the junior featherweight division. He he won 4 out of his 4 fights this year, 2 by knockout including his most recent against Mexican champion Jorge Arce. ESPN calls his four fights, "an exceptionally busy year by modern standards for an elite champion." Donaire's other wins this year include fights vs Wilfredo Vazquez (Puerto Rico), Jeffrey Mathebula (South Africa), and Toshiaki Nishioka (Japan).
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