Donaire defeats Vetyeka by controversial technical decision
By Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KO’s) defeated WBA Super World featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-3, 16 KO’s) by a very controversial 4 round technical decision on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Donaire suffered a cut in the 1st round from what appeared to be a right hand that that clipped him while he was trying to move out of range. Donaire complained that he couldn’t see out of the cut and this eventually resulted in the fight being stopped.
They said it was from a head-butt. However, there was no clash of heads. Instead of a head clash, Donaire was nailed by a right hand on his left eye and this caused him to go down. In slow motion replay it shows that Donaire was cut from a punch rather than a head clash, so the referee blew the call in saying it was from a head clash. If he had ruled it correctly than Vetyeka would have won the fight because Donaire wouldn’t have been able to continue. So in other words, Vetyeka got jobbed in this fight.
Donaire knocked Vetyeka down with a left hook in the 4th round. The shot caught Vetyeka when he was bent forward to where he didn’t see the shot. However, he wasn’t hurt from the punch and he continued to fight back.
The final judges scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 40-36.
What’s interesting about this fight is that it was allowed to go long enough for it to be an official fight when it could have been stopped in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. But instead of was permitted to go just long enough for it to be official so that a decision could be rendered.
After the fight, Donaire said “I’m going to give Vetyeka a rematch because I don’t want to win like this.”
I’ll be very, very surprised if Donaire’s promoter Bob Arum will match Donaire back up with Vetyeka.
The fight was still very much in doubt as Vetyeka was still catching Donaire with shots in the 4th round. The way the fight was going, I think Vetyeka was going to beat Donaire because he had no problems landing his shots and he seemed the more comfortable fighter in there. Donaire was landing an occasional big shot, but he was getting nailed a lot and it just looked like it was only going to be a matter of time before Vetyeka got to Donaire.