Nonito Donaire, the new IBF & WBO junior featherweight world champ
Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KO) has taken a world title from Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KO) by way of unanimous decision. Donaire is now the IBF as well as WBO junior featherweight (122 lbs).
After winning world titles at 112, 115 and 118, he defeated Wilfredo Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KO) this past February for a WBO world title at 122.
This Saturday, Donaire unified his title against former IBF champ Mathebula with scores as wide as 119-108.
Though Donaire was constantly loading up on shots the whole fight rather than setting them up with jabs and combinations, he managed to score a knockdown in Round 4. Mathebula got up, recovered and was saved by the bell. The next round, Mathebula fired his jab like it was going out of style. It not only saved Mathebula, but helped him win some rounds.
It looked like it would be an extremely close fight as Mathebula stepped up his jab to actually take advantage of his longer reach and five-inch height advantage, but he fell short.
Should Donaire seek to continue to unify the 122-pound division, these could be his next targets: WBC champ Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KO) and WBA champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KO).
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