Nonito Donaire Stops Moruti Mthalane in Six on a Cut

By Mark Vester

At the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, on the undercard to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Matt Vanda II, IBF super flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (20-1, 13 KOs) stopped south African mandatory challenger Moruti Mthalane (22-2, 15 KOs) in the sixth round due a cut suffered by Mthalane on the inside of his eyelid.

Donaire showed that he was the better skilled fighter early on, landing when Mthalane came in and catching him some more when he tried to get out. Mthalane landed some decent shots during the second and third rounds, not enough to change the tide. Donaire was more versatile, picking his punches when he saw the openings. Mthalane came back by having a very good fourth and fifth, outworking Donaire in close.

Donaire's face began to swell up by the sixth as he tried to change the way the fight was playing out. The ref called a stop out of nowhere, as there appeared to be a cut on Mthalane and blood on his face. The doctor stopped the action after he noticed the blood was coming from a cut inside of the eyelid of Mthalane, a spot that was too dangerous for the fight to continue.
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Fearless BONG on 11-03-2008

[COLOR="Navy"][B]Good win for donaire, but as I watch the fight seems that Donaire is not 100% in his performance that night, and if a rate his percentage it was just around 70% to 79% performance. There are some lacking footwork…

Comment by STEELHEAD on 11-02-2008

[quote=perfect jet;4267855]Donaire's father/trainer told me Nonito has a suspected broken hand and went off to hospital after the fight to have x-rays. It happened in rd 2.[/quote] i thought something was up. i seen him jumping around grimacing after the…

Comment by toluco on 11-02-2008

[QUOTE=Ryn0;4268244]Well he'll proberbly end up rematching Darchiniyan at Superfly and I suspect he'll KO Vic again.[/QUOTE] i doubt vic will rematch him now he said it in the press conference when asked about donaire he said he would fight him…

Comment by Ryn0 on 11-02-2008

[QUOTE=toluco;4268230]donaire aint that much the south african won the last two rounds before an unfortunate cut got the fight stopped he even damged the face of donaire hes a good champ at flyweight but he would get beaten at superfly…

Comment by toluco on 11-02-2008

donaire aint that much the south african won the last two rounds before an unfortunate cut got the fight stopped he even damged the face of donaire hes a good champ at flyweight but he would get beaten at superfly…

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