Nonito Donaire came away with the victory over Simpiwe Vetyeka at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao, China. It wasn’t exactly how anyone had thought or hoped it’d play out, but it was a 5th round Technical Decision win for Donaire who suffered a bad cut in the first round after repeated accidental head-butts, head-butts that continued throughout the fight and ultimately led to the stoppage.
Donaire fought in a manner that was somewhat perplexing. He stayed more stationary in this fight than he has ever done so before and he seemed conservative with his power early on. But he unloaded the left-hook and straight-right whenever he was in position to do so. He kept his feet set in order to get the most out of his punches and he did just that in the 4th round, scoring a knockdown of Vetyeka off of a Donaire left-hook.
Donaire’s power and angles were enough to tilt the fight in his favor, but just as he got into a comfortable and advantages rhythm Donaire began to bleed profusely and was once again checked on by the ring doctor.
Coincidence or not, Donaire and Vetyeka went the 4 rounds necessary to make the fight official before the referee, on advice of the doctor, called a halt to the bout, which sent the fight to the cards. All three judges scored the fight 49-46 for Donaire, Thaboxingvoice.com scored the fight the same.
In the co-feature, Nicholas Walters KO’ed Vic Darchinyan in the 5th round of their scheduled 12. Darchinyan started off the fight well, but Walters began to get his punches off first and controlled the pace from that point on, scoring a knockdown in round 2, then another in round 5, followed by the final knockout punch that sent Darchinyan flailing to the canvas.