Although Carl Frampton experienced some anxious moments in rounds five, seven, 11 and 12 thanks to pockets of Nonito Donaire power shots, those moments proved all too brief for Donaire.
Instead, the Irishman's nifty boxing, ring generalship and sharp power shots paved the way to a comfortable unanimous decision victory. A pinpoint right created a swelling under Donaire's left eye in round two and the "Filipino Flash," now 35, no longer had the foot speed to adequately cut the distance to induce the trench warfare he needed.
Instead, Frampton got his slow pace (46.4 per round to Donaire's 37.2) and led 164-104 overall, 76-30 jabs and 88-74 power as well as 29%-23% overall, 22%-15% jabs and 41%-30% power.
Another measure of Frampton's strategic command. The jab comprised 61% of Frampton's total output (340 of 557) and 46.3% of his total connects (76 of 164) while Donaire's punch distribution was nearly balanced (203 jab attempts, 244 attempted power shots, though his connects were heavily in favor of power punches -- 74 of 104, or 71.2%). Scoring: 117-111 F (3x).