MANILA – Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) has named Filipino pugilist Nonito Donaire as its Fighter of the Year for 2021.

Following a fan voting through its social media channels, the 39-year-old Donaire, who shocked the world last May by knocking out Nordine Oubaali to become the oldest reigning world bantamweight champion, edged Stephen Fulton, Gervonta Davis, and David Benavidez for the said honor.

According to PBC, Donaire got a massive 47.6 percent of the total votes conducted through Twitter and YouTube.

Donaire successfully defended his WBC bantamweight belt against fellow Filipino Reymark Gaballo last month and is now 42-6 in his career with 28 knockouts.

PBC, organized by renowned boxing manager Al Haymon, has successfully held live boxing events on national television, including Donaire's historic bout against Oubaali. (PNA)