Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Nonito Donaire Aims To Capture More World Titles

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

MACAU—Nonito Donaire just won his fifth world title, but his journey is far from finished.

The Filipino Flash won a unanimous technical decision at the end of the fourth round to capture the World Boxing Association featherweight title from Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa before a sell-out crowd at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino here Saturday night.

“Hopefully, we will win more championships. For now, I want this wound to heal and then go back and resume running because where I am now, I want to keep it. I am in shape and my stamina is there. If this heals by September, I’ll fight again,” Donaire said while thanking the fans for their support and their prayers.

Donaire praised the Vetyeka camp for being courteous and respectful despite the abrupt ending.

“It’s disappointing things ended the way it did and hopefully we can do it again. You (Vetyeka) are a worthy opponent, an amazing fighter,” Donaire said. “I wanted to do this so bad for the fans because there is no quit in my vocabulary. Hopefully we can do it again here.”

His left eye ripped open by a series of numbing head-butts, refused to quit for the sake of the Filipino fans who kept chanting his name as he fulfilled his quest for a fifth world title.

Despite blood streaming from a nasty gash in his left eye, Donaire remained unbowed and when referee Luis Pabon, who did a forgettable job as the third man in the ring asked him, whether he wanted to stop the bout at the end of Round 1 because of the bloody cut, Nonito said: “No, I don’t want to disappoint the fans.”

And he didn’t.

He wobbled Vetyeka with a left hook followed by a right in the third round, forcing the South African to hold on to the top strand of the ropes to prevent himself from going down.

Donaire picked up the tempo in the fourth round and after a torrid exchange near the ropes, he slipped out in a flash and connected with his patented left hook that had dropped so many champions in the past to send Vetyeka crashing to the canvas midway in the round.

With blood streaming into his eye, Donaire gave Vetyeka a much-needed respite as he had the blood wiped clean. He rocked the champion, who almost went down one more time except that he was held up by the ropes.

Unable to continue because of the profuse bleeding as a result of the series of head-butts and his left eye almost closed, referee Pabon was informed by the ringside supervisor that an accidental head-butt, one of the four that the referee missed, didn’t allow Donaire to continue forcing them to go to the scorecards under the WBA rules.

All three judges, Levi Martinez, Raul Caiz Jr and Francisco Martinez had Donaire the winner, but even here, there was confusion as ring announcer Lupe Contreras said all three judges had turned in identical scorecards of 49-46, when it should have been 39-36.

After getting 11 stitches to close the cut, Donaire told this reporter and Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN in an exclusive interview in his dressing room that the head-butt at the end of Round 1 “felt like I got punched in the head and I couldn’t see anything. But my heart said I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna give up.”

Donaire was clearly disappointed at the way the fight ended. “But it’s a good feeling to win and to know that I gave it all that I got and will take the belt home.”

He said the head-butts spurred him on.

“My natural instinct was to fight,” said Donaire, who thanked the fans for their support, including those who flew in from Manila, among whom were Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson.  

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told a post-fight press conference that at the end of the first round, when Donaire “was dazed and went down another fighter would have quit and there would have been no decision and they would have chosen to fight another day. But not Nonito. He sucked it up, continued fighting and he truly pulled the fight out by scoring that sensational knockdown. He is not happy winning the title the way he did but I think he should be proud of the performance he put on. He is one of the great fighters of our time.”

Former trainer Robert Garcia who worked the corner, alongside Donaire’s father and present trainer Dodong Donaire Sr., said: “When Nonito came to the corner, the cut was huge and it was going to get worse as the rounds went by. We were okay with the ref stopping the fight.”

Garcia said he was not surprised with the knockdown.

“Nonito has tremendous power, tremendous speed and he showed it here. Vetyeka is a solid featherweight and Nonito came out and dropped him, hurt him really bad in the fourth round. What else does he need to prove to the fans.” 

Tags: Nonito Donaire image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by reyes066 on 06-02-2014

donaire coward

Comment by richardt on 06-01-2014

[QUOTE=chicano box;14613730]Ronnie get of donaires oriental two incher.once donaire retires nobody will remember him besides flipz.[/QUOTE]Reported for Racism.

Comment by shadow-boxer on 06-01-2014

[QUOTE=Chalino Sanchez;14614515]gaynito gaynayni is a bum... look ohh im cut ref pls stop the fyte before the 4th :'( :'([/QUOTE] Still butt hurt that your boy Rigo is still in his **** hole waiting for a bum to come by…

Comment by Chalino Sanchez on 06-01-2014

gaynito gaynayni is a bum... look ohh im cut ref pls stop the fyte before the 4th :'( :'(

Comment by chicano box on 06-01-2014

Ronnie and gang ran a train on your pinoy mom.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (23)
Top Headlines Froch: Chavez Jr. is Good Fight For Canelo To Prepare For Golovkin Thurman Trainer: Keith is Faster, Stronger, Smarter Than Garcia Bellew: Haye Has No Real Friends After Booting Adam Booth Gilberto Ramirez Wants The Biggest Fights Possible in 2017 Dale Evans: When I Get My Shot, I’ll Win British Title For Mike Towell Jake Ball To Return, After First Loss, On March 17 Hearn: ITV PPV Idea is Likely Delusion and Greed From Eubank Sr. Conwell: I've Boxed In Higher Class Than Bowen, Will Win That Title Saunders: People Must Realize - GGG, Canelo Must Get Through Me World Boxing Council Breaks Down Ongoing Drug Testing Program Black Hitler - Boxing And The Anti-PBC Effect Danny Garcia: I'm Sure I'll Fight Khan - Once He Rebuilds Career Schaefer: Tony Yoka Could Become The Anthony Joshua of France Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov Will Have U.S. TV, Says Pelullo White: I Won't Do Business With Arum For Pacquiao vs. McGregor! Erick De Leon Aims To Get a Knockout Win on Solo Boxeo Tony Yoka Pumped To Go Pro With Richard Schaefer, Virgil Hunter Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt - Undercard Information Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo - Purse Bid Ordered For January 31 David Haye: Bellew Looked Fat and Nervous - He'll Be KO'd Quick Funeka Warns Pacquiao To Take Horn Serious or Suffer Shock Loss Braekhus vs. Svensson is Pushed Back To February 24 Liam Williams vs. Liam Smith For WBO European Belt, April 8 Photos: Fury, Saunders, Adams, Smith-Williams, Flanagan Presser Chocolatito: No Problem Facing Cuadras, But Focus is on Rungvisai Hearn: No Interest in Khan's Proposed 70-30 Split for Brook Bout Yuriorkis Gamboa Inks Promotional With Golden Boy Promotions Nicola Adams Turns Pro With Frank Warren, Will Debut On April 8 Top Rank President Lays Out Michael Conlan's Plan To Stardom Cancer-Free Father Made Camp Less Stressful for Leo Santa Cruz Lara's Coach: Canelo Does Not Have The Style To Beat Golovkin Angel Garcia: Danny Could Ruin Thurman's Career, Like Matthysse's Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-Ali, Cotto-Kirkland, Jack, More Judge Sets Down Terms To Lift Ban on Edwin Valero Movie Nicola Adams Leaves Team GB Boxing Setup, Free To Pursue Other Opportunities Steve Goodwin Updates on Stable, Looks Ahead, Reflects on 2016 Eubank Jr: DeGale is One of The Best at 168? That's Embarrassing! Golovkin's Coach on The Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Catch-Weight Randy Caballero To Return on March 23 on ESPN Card "Fighting Words" - Angel Garcia to Blame, Though We Enabled Him
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement