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Donaire earns technical decision over Vetkeya


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Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) captured his sixth title in four divisions tonight in Macau, China, though it wasn’t the kind of win he was looking for against the tough Simphiwe Vetkeya (26-3, 15 KOs).

It appeared to be a fight that would be difficult for both fighters, but an accidental headbutt in the first round, which opened up a bad cut on the left eyelid of Donaire, proved to be ultimate factor.  Vetyeka made good use of his jab, which allowed him to create feints that kept Donaire on the defensive.

In the second round, Donaire caught another headbutt that appeared to cause substantial pain, but Donaire continued fighting.  In the third, Donaire, perhaps aware that the fight could be stopped at any minute, began to let his hands go, though Vetyeka was still game.  Things then got serious for Donaire in the fourth, as he connected with a left hook to the chin during an exchange that sent the South African down to the canvas.  After getting to his feet, they continued trading, but it was Donaire who was getting the better of the exchanges.

In between rounds, Donaire was looked at again by the doctor, and after telling his team and the doctor that he was unable to see clearly from his left eye, the fight was stopped.  As per the governing rules, the fight would go to the scorecards, with all three judges giving the fight to Donaire with scores of 49-46.

After the fight, Donaire said he had unfinished business with Vetyeka, and was unhappy with the way the fight ended, telling Larry Merchant that he would grant him a rematch out of respect.

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