Donaire Beats Vetyeka After Four Rounds, Technical Decision

Nonito Donaire had to endure headbutts galore against Simpiwe Vetyeka¬† in Macau on May 31, and the Filipino managed to stay composed enough to take the fight to place where his power could speak loudly. The end came after round four, when the 31-year-old Donaire’s cut, on his left eye, was deemed too nasty to continue. Thus, we went to the cards, and Nonito got the nod at the Cotai Arena, via technical decision, on a Top Rank card.

The scores were 49-46, across the board.

Ref Luis Pabon conferred with the ringside officials for a long spell after the minute rest period ended, and looked to figure out the proper decision.

A clash at the end of round one sliced opened Donaire’s left eye, in a bout seen on HBO. The first one, which drew blood, didn’t look horrid, but it started bleeding copiously right away. Another one had Nonito wincing, and blinking, and looking frustrated.

In the third, Donaire’s power stood out. He sat down on his shots, looked to be nasty with the right, and staggered the 33-year-old South African with a right. The winner’s left eye didn’t look great, and he had to slip jabs to keep it from closing. He got caught clean, off a counter right uppercut, from Vetyeka, but down the loser went down, on a left hook, right after.

He was up, and looked OK with 1:27 left. The ref had the doc look at Nonito with 23 seconds left, the third time ref Pabon called a halt to do that. Sim landed at the end of the round, and Nonito blinked in distress.

Donaire is 33-2, the loser 26-3. Nonito now owns the WBA super feather crown.

The winner told Larry Merchant he had trouble seeing, and the cut closing solvent was getting in his eye…but he said he knew he needed to continue for his fans. He also said he didn’t like the way this one ended, and offered the loser a rematch. He kept offering the loser respect, and said there is “unfinished business.” The loser told Larry Merchant that he didn’t think a butt opened the cut. He said he does hope a rematch occurs.

The winner went 47-141 to 49-148 for the loser, according to CompuBox.

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-Radam G :

Wow! I'm glad that the "Filipino Flash" was successful. He fought the goat-ramming Tim Bradley of South Africa. But tFF needs to cut that garlic out of his diet. This is boxing and often times you are going get butted and busted open. You've got to be on a diet that coagulates your facial blood, not one -- apparent full of garlic -- that Niagara Falls splashes it out. All you rookies out there, don't forget that proper foods are the most important part of your scientific fight game. Eating the wrong treat can get your beat, or you will be gotten on the cheat. Holla!


-mortcola :

Yes. I gorged on beef kaldereta before sparring with the rabbit-punch king of our gym and that stank him right out to my jab/straight right range so perfectly that he got up from a counter saying “what’s that smell? you can’t just poison people!!”.


-Radam G :

Yes. I gorged on beef kaldereta before sparring with the rabbit-punch king of our gym and that stank him right out to my jab/straight right range so perfectly that he got up from a counter saying “what’s that smell? you can’t just poison people!!”.
Hehehe! Holla!


-brownsugar :

Rough fight for Donaire... I felt that Vegeta was touching Donaire a little more but was impressed by Donaire turning up the intensity when he had to. The decision was given to Donaire but similar to what Donaire said himself I dont feel like he won the fight and even though he landed some heavy punches in the last round Im not sure he would have out lasted Vegeta over twelve rounds. I have much respect for Donaire for saying the conclusion of the fight was unsatisfying. Donaire has a habit of being his own worst critic but i admire the fact that he recognized the fight ended artificially. Kudos to Donaire for testing himself against a tough challenger, he could have had a much softer comeback but thats the kind of guy he is.......how about a rematch?


-oubobcat :

Rough fight for Donaire... I felt that Vegeta was touching Donaire a little more but was impressed by Donaire turning up the intensity when he had to. The decision was given to Donaire but similar to what Donaire said himself I dont feel like he won the fight and even though he landed some heavy punches in the last round Im not sure he would have out lasted Vegeta over twelve rounds. I have much respect for Donaire for saying the conclusion of the fight was unsatisfying. Donaire has a habit of being his own worst critic but i admire the fact that he recognized the fight ended artificially. Kudos to Donaire for testing himself against a tough challenger, he could have had a much softer comeback but thats the kind of guy he is.......how about a rematch?
Donaire was definitely getting touched a lot by the right hand of Vetyeka. Donaire did show a fighter's heart and determination by dropping Vetyeka with the left hook in the fourth. While I wasn't too impressed by the performance inside the ring, Donaire showed to be a real fighter in the post fight interview. He immediately apologized for his performance and to the fans for the fight ending early. He stated it was unsatisfying the way it ended. And he also promised Vetyeka an immediate rematch saying that it was not right how the fight ended and that it is his responsibility to fight him again. I believe Donaire at his word and that he will push Top Rank to make the rematch as soon as possible. I'd like to see it and hopefully see how the fight plays out without the nasty accidental head butt that took place in the first round and caused that cut for Donaire.


-gibola :

Two things struck me: Did Donaire actually stop fighting and walk (unprompted by the referee) to the corner and ask the doctor to wipe the blood from his eye? (in R3 I think it was). Since when were you allowed to do that? Did the referee (who hadn't called an accidental butt) simply wait until four rounds were up then (after checking Donaire would win as the script demanded) totally unprompted by the doctor, call the fight off? I'm not into conspiracy theories but Donaire was allowed to fight 4 rounds by the ref so he could win on points. Vetyeka's people should be asking for a no-contest in my view, the whole thing stunk.


-oubobcat :

Two things struck me: Did Donaire actually stop fighting and walk (unprompted by the referee) to the corner and ask the doctor to wipe the blood from his eye? (in R3 I think it was). Since when were you allowed to do that? Did the referee (who hadn't called an accidental butt) simply wait until four rounds were up then (after checking Donaire would win as the script demanded) totally unprompted by the doctor, call the fight off? I'm not into conspiracy theories but Donaire was allowed to fight 4 rounds by the ref so he could win on points. Vetyeka's people should be asking for a no-contest in my view, the whole thing stunk.
The whole thing did seem a little strange. Donaire did fight the 4th like it was the last round and scored the knockdown with the left hook in that round. That said, it was a bad cut. Donaire was trying to fight through it but was at a sever disadvantage. After the fight, Donaire acknowledged the fight did not end the way he wanted. He immediately stated he wanted to give Vetyeka a rematch due to the circumstances. You don't usually see a fighter offer a rematch in the ring like that with no conditions (ie if the money is right, etc). So obviously Donaire was not comfortable with how things played out. I do believe Donaire will keep his word and we will see a rematch to properly settle things in the ring.


-brownsugar :

Two things struck me: Did Donaire actually stop fighting and walk (unprompted by the referee) to the corner and ask the doctor to wipe the blood from his eye? (in R3 I think it was). Since when were you allowed to do that? Did the referee (who hadn't called an accidental butt) simply wait until four rounds were up then (after checking Donaire would win as the script demanded) totally unprompted by the doctor, call the fight off? I'm not into conspiracy theories but Donaire was allowed to fight 4 rounds by the ref so he could win on points. Vetyeka's people should be asking for a no-contest in my view, the whole thing stunk.
Spot on Gibola,.... You cant turn away from your opponent to get a break unless the ref calls it. I thought the ref gave him a lot of leaway with the turning around business, also getting the eye checked and wiped several times in one round seemed a little odd. I kind of overlooked those points you described due to Donaire being somewhat inactive recently but those are valid points. I've seen refs stop a fight for less and disqualify the offender.


-Skibbz :

It was a very strange ending, it did look like Donaire was let off the hook. Vetyeka could have whacked him when he turned away and Donaire simply wouldn't have seen it with all the blood in his eye. He shone well in offering Vetyeka a rematch and I hope for both fighters that fight materialises. Did anyone watch the post fight interview with Merchany and the Swahili boxer..? I didn't know Larry was fluent in Swahili...


-Radam G :

The whole thing did seem a little strange. Donaire did fight the 4th like it was the last round and scored the knockdown with the left hook in that round. That said, it was a bad cut. Donaire was trying to fight through it but was at a sever disadvantage. After the fight, Donaire acknowledged the fight did not end the way he wanted. He immediately stated he wanted to give Vetyeka a rematch due to the circumstances. You don't usually see a fighter offer a rematch in the ring like that with no conditions (ie if the money is right, etc). So obviously Donaire was not comfortable with how things played out. I do believe Donaire will keep his word and we will see a rematch to properly settle things in the ring.
JunJun was concussed. If it makes money sense, there will be another bout. But if it doesn't, that is the breaks. Holla!


-thegreyman :

Messy way for the fight to end, but what he said after the fight really shows his quality as a man. He's honest, true and clean cut. I really liked the Filipino Flash before this fight, and my respect for him has only gone up now. The way he fought through that head butt was a great display of his courage and heart, he was clearly in real pain, but he fought on and got the win. looking forward to seeing him back in the ring.