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Donaire Defeats Mathebula, Unifies The WBO/IBF Titles

By Rick Reeno

Home Depot Center, Carson, California - Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Jeffrey Mathebula (26-4-2, 14KOs) to unify the WBO/IBF super bantamweight titles. The scores were 117-110, 118-109 and 119-108.

Mathebula was throwing a very lazy jab and left himself wide open for DOnaire's power shots. Donaire was landing almost at will and staggered Mathebula several times in the first round. Mathebula stood firm in the second, trading punches but taking more damage as Donaire's faster punches were easily catching the target.

Donaire's faster hands and awkward angles were very puzzling to Mathebula, who continued to get caught with big shots in the third. A big counter at the end of the fourth dropped Mathebula on his back. He was lucky that there was no time left in the round. Mathebula stumbled back to his corner. Donaire came out blazing with hard shots in the fifth. Mathebula did his best to weather the storm.

Mathebula really picked up the pace in the second half of the fight but a lot of his punches were ineffective and thrown in a slapping manner. Donaire was throwing and landing the much heavier artillery - but he was being reckless and allowing Mathebula to outwork him in certain spots.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by alembic on 07-08-2012

Solid victory for Nonito. He scored far more telling blows. Mathebula wasn't busy enough and didn't have the pop to get Donaire's respect. But the judging, damn, WTF?? There's a 122 belt around Rigo's waist and I noticed Nonito is…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 07-08-2012

It looked like Donaire could've got a k.o. in the second rd. I thought he was showboating too much and risked losing the fight but not with crazy judging like this.

Comment by BABYBOXER on 07-08-2012

nonito's last two fights scoring was controversial, but it don't really matter because he clearly won. it's no big deal imo. nonito is open to negotiate a fight for belt holders at 122... he wanted to be undisputed champ at…

Comment by americanbot on 07-08-2012

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;12315010]I will start by saying that I only watched last night because Pavlik was on the card . So, I have no dog in this fight. With that said and I also did not score the fight. But in…

Comment by Maidana vs Rios on 07-08-2012

tbh i don't even like donaire, and he did show some flaws, but all things considered, that was a pretty solid performance. first time fighting a guy taller than him. also was the first time having to fight with a…

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