Nonito Donaire Jr. overcame an accidental headbutt cut that left him bleeding from his left eye in Round 1 to defeat Simpiwe Vetyeka by a fifth-round technical decision at the Venetian Resort in Macau. Donaire won the WBA featherweight title with the victory.
Nonito Donaire scored a fifth-round technical-decision victory over WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka on Saturday in Macau. Donaire, who suffered a bad cut over his left eye due to a headbutt, scored a knockdown in Round 4.
Watch Friday’s official weigh-in for WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka’s and Nonito Donaire Jr.’s showdown on Saturday night in Macau. Donaire made the division limit of 126 pounds. Vetyeka, who dethroned long-reigning champ Chris John last year, weighed 125.5.
“Featherweight Fury” participants, including WBA titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka, challenger Nonito Donaire, Vic Darchinyan and Nicholas Walters, stepped to the scales in Macau, China. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Fighters on the “Featherweight Fury” card gathered for one last photo op before the opening bells in Macau, China. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Participants in this Saturday’s fights — Nonito Donaire-Simpiwe Vetyeka, Nicholas Walters-Vic Darchinyan and others — arrived at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China, to do battle. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
RingTV.com asked 19 boxing insiders who will win the Simpiwe Vetyeka-Nonito Donaire WBA featherweight title bout on Saturday. Vetyeka, the defending beltholder, is coming off a career-best victory over long-reigning Chris John. Donaire has looked shaky in his last two bouts.
Nonito Donaire shared his thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s recent performance against Tim Bradley and what might be next for the Filipino icon. Donaire is training in the Philippines for his May 31 fight with WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka in Macau.
Nonito Donaire will try to continue his recovery from the Guillermo Rigondeaux loss by facing WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka on a Macau card that will also feature top-5 126-pounders Evgeny Gradovich and Nicholas Walters.
Top Rank is starting to compile its spring and summer schedule, with two big fights on tap. Find out what Bob Arum thinks about both fights.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum wants to see former champion Nonito Donaire back in the ring in Macau, possibly against WBA featherweight titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka, with supporting bouts featuring Brian Viloria and Nicholas Walters.
Indonesian boxing legend Chris John announced his retirement from the sport two weeks removed from losing his WBA featherweight title to Simphiwe Vetyeka. John, who had held the title for 10 years, was attempting to equal the division title defense record.
Chris John’s near-decade long title reign came to an end — one fight short of matching Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 streak — at the hands of South African Simpiwe Vetyeka, who dedicated the win to the memory of Nelson Mandela.
Chris John will defend his WBA featherweight title against Simpiwe Vetyeka on Dec. 6 at Metro City, Perth, Australia. John is looking to tie the division title defense record of 19 against the South African veteran.