Monday, 9 July 2012

Donaire Decisions Mathebula

WBO and IBF Super-Bantamweight Titles

Looking like 70's icon Bruce Lee, Nonito Donaire was dressed to impress as he wore the colours of Lee's famed film "game of death" for his battle with IBF champion Mathebula in front of 3200 at the Home Depot Centre in Carson California. It was another step in Donaire's grand plan to be the dominant force in the lower weights although this time against the South African he was made to work very hard for his victory.

At 5"11 Mathebula's huge height advantage over his Filipino foe was a major talking point beforehand as Donaire at only 5"5 1/2 would have to devise a plan to get inside his taller opponent using his lightning like speed. In the first few rounds Donaires speed was apparent as he was able to get inside landing jabs and big right hands. Mathebula's response was work rate, constant jabs were followed by the odd right hand kept Donaire on his toes as marched forward trying to walk the bigger man down. The South African defending his World title for the 1st time took the 3rd on my card and was having a pretty decent 4th until a big left hook landed inside by the WBO champion late in the round. Mathebula struggled to his feet his legs looked shot, refuge was on hand though as the bell had already rung saving him from what looked a certain knockout loss.

That knockdown suffered by Mathebula had an effect on the fight but not the way many expected. Instead of helping Donaire, it hindered him, Donaire's game plan went out of the window, he was only thinking and looking for a knockout now. After 7 rounds Donaire was comfortably ahead on my card 68-64, Mathebula to his credit upped his already high work rate and began picking Donaire off as he tried to get in. HBO TV surprising showed that in 8 rounds Mathebula had out-landed Donaire in 7 of the 8 rounds with the other being drawn, certainly an argument for those who feel that Compubox does not show the true story of a fight.

Round 9 and 10 followed the same way as Mathebula was timing Donaire with some nice crisp right hands, the scorecards were also closing with my score now reading 85-84 Donaire. In his first world title attempt Mathebula travelled to Panama City, Panama to take on feared puncher Celestino Caballero who was making his umpteenth title defence. In a very close fight Mathebula started slow but came on very strong near the end before losing a disputed split decision. This fight also was following the same suit before mid-way in the 11th Donaire landed a massive punch that had blood spurting from the South Africans mouth (later a cracked tooth was to blame). This seemed to stop Mathebula in his tracks as Donaire sensing the fight was closer than it should have been stepped up the tempo looking for that KO again. Donaire swept the final 2 rounds therefore putting the fight well out of reach for his gritty opponent who no doubt on this showing can test the very best in the 122lb Division.

Donaire will now be expected to challenge rival champions Abner Mares (WBC) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA), Its the fights the fans want although in his post fight interview Donaire did say he was close to moving up another division to challenge the best at Featherweight. Well will see.

My scorecard is below along with the Press, Fans Forums and Boxing Sites scores i was able collect for this fight.
Fightscorecollector's Scorecard

Round 1.... 10-9 Donaire
Round 2.... 10-9 Donaire
Round 3.... 9-10 Mathebula
Round 4.... 10-8 Donaire
Round 5.... 10-9 Donaire
Round 6.... 9-10 Mathebula
Round 7.... 10-9 Donaire
Round 8.... 9-10 Mathebula
Round 9.... 9-10 Mathebula
Round 10.. 9-10 Mathebula
Round 11.. 10-9 Donaire
Round 12.. 10-9 Donaire


Judges Scores: Steve Morrow (USA) 118-109 Donaire
Jonathan Davis (USA) 117-110 Donaire
Deon Dwarte (S.Africa) 119-108 Donaire


Boxing Press, Fan Forum's and Boxing Sites Scores's

Doug Fischer - (Ring Magazine) 115-112 Donaire
Michael Rosenthal - (Ring Magazine) 116-111 Donaire
Kieran Mulvaney - (ESPN) 117-110 Donaire
Dan Rafael - (ESPN) - 116-111 Donaire
Eric Raskin - (Ring Podcast) 117-110
Harold Ledderman - (HBO) 115-112 Donaire
Gabriel Montoya - (Maxboxing) 120-107 Donaire
Cliff Roid - (Boxingscene) 115-112 Donaire
Ben Thompson - (Fighthype) 115-112 Doanire - 117-111 Donaire
Associated Press - 116-111 Donaire - 115-112 Donaire
Paul magno - (BoxingTribune) 116-111 Donaire
Ernest Gabion (TheboxingLab) 116-111 Donaire - 115-112
Mark ortega - (Quessnbury Rules) 116-111 Donaire
Ramon Aranda - (3 More Rounds) 116-111
Paddy Cronan - (Onthegrindboxingradio) 114-113 Donaire - 117-110 Donaire
Joel Sebastianelli - (Leaveitinthering) 115-112 Donaire
Nigel Collins - (ESPN) 115-112 Donaire

Saddoboxing forum (all for Donaire) 116-112 x2, 115-112, 116-111

BoxingAsylum Forum (all for Donaire) 115-112 x2, 116-111

Ringnews24 Forum - 117-110 Donaire

Fightjudge Forum (all for Donaire) 116-111 x3, 117-111 x3, 115-112 x3

Doghouseboxing Forum (all for Donaire) 114-113, 119-108, 118-109

Boxrec Forum (all for Donaire) 115-112 x2 , 115-113, 116-111

Eastsideboxing Forum (Donaire) 117-110 x4, 116-11 x3, 115-113.
                                                    114-113 x3 *114-114* Draw

Boxingscene forum (Donaire) 115-112 x2, 116-111 x5, 116-113,
                                                 116-111 x3
                            (Mathebula) 114-113 x2

Checkhookboxing Forum - 114-113 Mathebula

Philboxing Forum (All for Donaire) 116-113, 115-112, 116-111 x5
                                                           120-107, 117-110, 118-109

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