On Saturday night,San Mateo resident Nonito Donaire put his WBO super bantamweight title on the line against Jeffrey Mathebula, who entered the fight as the IBF super bantamweight champion. Donaire -- who is considered a Top 5 pound-for-pound boxer -- was able to retain his belt and unify the two titles to improve to 29-1, thanks to a unanimous decision from the judges.
Donaire scored a knockdown in the fourth round and broke Mathebula's tooth with a huge right hand in the 11th inning, when the fight was already well in hand for the local boy. Donaire ended up winning the HBO-televised event on scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110.
For the record, Donaire's post-fight interview with Max Kellerman seemed to lean toward the fight many of us saw on TV, a competitive, challenging bout for Nonito, rather than the one-way traffic some believed it to be. But however you slice it, Donaire won and beat a top ten guy tonight, and deserved the victory.
Donaire remains a four-division champion and will likely soon be preparing for his next opponent -- whoever that may be.
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