Filipino fighterwho resides in San Leandro, Calif, by sheer guts managed to claim the WBO super bantamweight title over Wilfredo Vasqez, Jr. despite an injured left hand.
2 judges Levi Martinez and Don Trella scored the fight 117-110 for Donaire while judge Ruben Garcia tallied a baffling 115-112 for Vasquez. This win marks Donaire’s debut fight in the junior featherweight division.
The encounter amidst fan cheers reflects a give-and-take fashion in the middle rounds but Donaire scored a clear headway in the 9th after flooring Vasquez with an 8 mandatory count.
Donaire targeted Vasquez head for an early knockout now and then and seldom aimed for body shots. It was sheer guts and discipline that forced Donaire to do so because he was badly hurt. He explained his showboating stance to calm off his hand which hurts. Truth came in the last round when the broadcast media mentioned Donaire’s injured a left hand early in the fight. Blood was present on the boxer’s hand after removing the gloves.
Vasquez started landing crisp jobs and slowly began to accumulate rounds, including the last round but they were far less convincing than what Donaire had accomplished.
Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire won his 4th world title before a crowd of 14,120 fight predominantly Hispanic fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas Saturday, February 4, 2012.
The COMPUBOX stats showed Donaire connecting with 42 percent of the total punches thrown to Vazquez' 30 percent while Donaire threw 245 power punches and connected with 147 for 60 percent compared to Vazquez who threw 163, connected with 56 for 34 percent.
Updated boxing record for Donaire is 28-1, 18 KOs; for Vasquez it’s 21-2-1, 18 KOs