Nonito Donaire's debut fight took place on February 2001 when he was 18 years of age. His career has spanned 15 years to date and whilst he's now in the later stages of his career, he has amassed a record of 34-4-0 over the course of his 38 fight career. He started his best winning streak on February 2001 however, this came to an end on December 2012. In this period he won a total of 30 fights.
An explosive pro debut saw Donaire face Jose Lazaro in a 4 round debut fight. Nonito became only the 2nd person to stop Lazaro shy of the full distance, stopping him in the 1st. Continuing on from his debut, Donaire had an impressive start to his career as he went on to fight 19 fights including 4 times in 2001, 3 times in 2002 and 12 times between 2003 and 2007 against fighters such as Vic Darchinyan, Ilido Julio and Oscar Andrade.
Unfortunately, the first defeat of Donaire's career came against Rosendo Sanchez on March 10th, 2001 in Donaire's 2nd professional fight. Coming into the fight with high confidence Donaire fought his next fight against Rosendo Sanchez on March 10th, 2001. Unfortunately, Donaire was outclassed and lost the decision on the judges scorecards taking his record to 1-1-0. 22 wins followed for Donaire including being the first to stop Vic Darchinyan, first to stop Raul Martinez and 2nd person to stop Luis Maldonado (Round 8 TKO).
On July 10th, 2010, Donaire went into action again and beat Hernan Marquez taking the winning record to 24 wins. Marquez was a worthy challenger but Donaire was too much and became the first person to stop Marquez via TKO during round 8. Donaire then went on to win again against Volodymyr Sydorenko setting him up well for his next pro fight.
Donaire entered his next fight with a mostly successful record of 25-1-0 and took this to 26 wins with a win against Fernando Montiel on February 19th, 2011 via TKO. Donaire was the first person to stop Fernando Montiel and he did it in the 2nd round via TKO. Donaire then went on to win a further 8 fights taking his record to 33 wins, 2 losses and 0 draw.
On October 18th, 2014, Donaire took on and was defeated by Nicholas Walters meaning his career tally went to 33-3-0. Walters was a fight too far for Donaire and after a rough fight Walters became the first person to stop Donaire in round 6.
Keeping his losses at 3, Donaire fought on July 18th, 2015 beating Anthony Settoul via TKO. This took his record to 34-3-0 showing quite the successful career to date. Donaire was the 2nd person to stop Anthony and he did it in the 2nd round via TKO. The fight was due to last 10 rounds.
Donaire went into his next fight against Jessie Magdaleno on November 5th, 2016 with a career record of 34 wins. Opponent Magdaleno fought well and proved he was technically superior to Donaire over the full 12 round fight. The fight came to a close after the final bell, Magdaleno the victor on the judges decision (UD), with Donaire left wondering where his career will go next.