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Nonito Donaire captured the WBO super bantamweight title via split decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr tonight in San Antonio, though the split decision part is more than a little dubious. Official scores were 117-110 and 117-110 for Donaire, and 115-112 for Vazquez. Bad Left Hook scored it 117-110 for Donaire.
Donaire (28-1, 18 KO) wasn't thrilling tonight, and knew it after the fight, saying he wasn't happy with his performance, and that he was no longer looking to quickly shoot up through the weight classes, instead planning to stay at 122 pounds for the time being. A stunning win was thought to open up the possibility of a move to featherweight, but this win was anything but exciting.
Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KO) stayed in the fight throughout, but never threatened to win the bout, unless you're judge Ruben Garcia. He did land a good jab throughout the fight, but had trouble uncorking his power shots due to some fear of the fast counter punches coming back from Donaire.
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Donaire also suffered an injured left hand in the bout, with his wraps bloodied after the fight. The extent of the injury is unknown.
Still, one gets the feeling that what Nonito Donaire means by "I want action fights" is "I want opponents who open themselves up and make it easy." Vazquez was too tentative tonight and started terribly slow in the bout, giving away the first four rounds. But Vazquez didn't make it easy for Donaire to look sensational, just as Omar Narvaez did not last October.
What comes next for Donaire is not known, because tonight's rather pedestrian but somewhat dominant win sort of resets the clocks. It's definitely time to pump the brakes on the Donaire hype truck, because this is two straight fights where opponents didn't give him the big openings, and he didn't quite look like the "Filipino Flash," but instead just a very good, very skilled boxer.