Doug Fischer

Donaire picks up 122-pound belt with split decision over Vazquez Jr.

Nonito Donaire won his third major title in a third weight class with a split decision over former 122-pound beltholder Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.

Donaire, who scored a knockdown in the ninth round, won by two scores of 117-111. Vazquez, who clearly won some of the middle rounds with his consistent jab and was competitive down the stretch, won by a 115-112 tally on the third scorecard.

Most observers believe that Donaire, who clearly outworked Vazquez and landed the harder punches in the majority of rounds, deserved the victory.

A full ringside report will be posted later in the evening.

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