Sunday, February 5, 2012

Donaire dominates Vasquez and wins WBO super bantamweight belt

source: Igor Frank |

San Antonio- Rising star, Nonito Donaire dominated the fight over Wilfred Vasquez Jr over twelve rounds at the San Antonio Alamdome, but had to settle for split decision victory and a vacant WBO super bantamweight title. Not a bad day at the office, all things considered.

“I wasn’t happy with my performance,” said Donaire after the fight showing his left hand that was bloody and still in wraps:” I couldn’t do what Robert wanted me to do because of my hand. We have to go back to a drawing board and see what we can do.”

Judge Ruben Garcia scored the fight 115- 112 for Vasquez Jr, overruled by Ivan Martinez and Don Drella who both scored the fight 117-110 for Donaire who won by split decision. The most surprising thing about the fight is that one judge scored the fight in Favor of Vasquez Jr.

Nonito Donaire started fast pressing the action behind a stiff jab. It was obvious from the onset Donaire was faster and more skilled. Vasquez was very defensive in the second stanza as well, but it did not slow down Nonito who kept firing hard shots beginning with a jab. Nonito hurt Vasquez with lead left hook on the side of the head early in the third, but Puerto Rican fighter was able to weather the storm and get of the round. It was all Donaire in the fourth; he landed crosses and hooks and a picture perfect left uppercut that snapped his opponent’s head back. Vasquez finally landed a right hand in the fifth round because he began to use his jab. Was it enough to win the round? Inspired by his success in the fifth Vasquez Jr pressed forward in the sixth, firing stiff jab followed by a right hand. Vasquez upped his out put and won the round.

Round seven was the most competitive one of the fight; they went toe to toe at times. Nonito managed to hurt Vasquez with a left hook at the end of the stanza. Donaire reasserted his dominance in the eighth throwing a right hand left hook to the body, but then upset the crowd by showboating at the close of the stanza. Donaire hurt Vasquez with a huge right hand early in the ninth and then dropped hi later with a left uppercut left hook combination. Vasquez got up and survived the round. Knowing that he is desperately behind Vasquez pressed hard in the tenth trapping Donaire against the ropes for a spell. Donaire fought well of the ropes and finished the round with several combinations that were meant to finish the fight. Vasquez Jr was still there in the eleventh despite being outfought and out boxed. The fought toe to toe till the final bell and there was no doubt about the outcome of the fight when the final bell rang Donaire totally dominated the fight.