Nonito Donaire win vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. end to split decision : Video Reply and Results

Nonito Donaire knocked down Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in the ninth round en route to a split decision over the former champ on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in a super bantamweight title bout in San Antonio, Texas. Donaire, a former International Boxing Federation flyweight and World Boxing Council bantamweight title holder, claimed the World Boxing Organization belt in his first foray at super bantamweight. The 12-round bout was on the undercard of the World Boxing Council middleweight title fight between unbeaten champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marco Antonio Rubio at the Alamodome. Donaire, of the Philippines, brought plenty of his power with him into the heavier weight class, dropping Vazquez in the ninth with a left uppercut followed by a left hook. Donaire had rocked Vazquez in the third round and appeared in control until the Puerto Rican began to assert himself in the fifth and sixth rounds. Despite the tenacity of Vazquez, Donaire said he was surprised that judge Ruben Garcia scored the bout 115-112 for the Puerto Rican. Judges Levi Martinez and Don Trella both saw it 117-110 for Donaire, who said he hurt his left hand early in the bout and displayed what appeared to be a bloodied hand wrap when he removed his gloves after the fight. Donaire said fighting a bigger opponent “was tougher than I expected.” “I couldn’t find my rhythm and I hurt my hand somewhere between the second and fourth rounds,” he said. “I could only move it a little bit.” Donaire, who also once held the World Boxing Association interim super flyweight championship but not the official crown, improved to 28-1 with 18 knockouts. Vazquez fell to 21-2-1 with 17 wins inside the distance. Their fight was for the WBO belt Vazquez lost to Jorge Arce, who then vacated it to fight for the bantamweight belt Donaire relinquished when he moved up in weight. Now Donaire can look forward to potential match-ups with Arce and Japan’s WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka. “I’m definitely staying at 122 (pounds) for awhile,” Donaire said, indicating he needs time to adjust to the new division. “I’m not happy with my performance today … We will go back to the drawing board.” Congratulations Malacañang congratulated Donaire for his win. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also voiced optimism Donaire’s win may signal a trend of Filipinos capturing the world’s major boxing titles. “Congratulations sa ating Filipino Flash si Nonito Donaire, pang-apat na ito na kanyang WBO title. Mukhang nakakabal natin ang mga belt (Congratulations to our Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire. This is his fourth World Boxing Organization title. It appears Filipino boxers are on their way to dominating the world boxing scene),” she said on government-run dzRB radio. Meanwhile, in a statement on his Facebook page, Donaire thanked his fans and supporters for his victory. “I wanna thank the fans for all the support. I was really looking for a knockout because he disrespected my country, my people, my guys, and my wife. I did the best I could with what my hand could dish out. But again I wanna thank you guys again for all the support. This isnt just my victory, but all of yours too.”
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