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SUPERUNKNOWN: Nonito Donaire-Jeffrey Mathebula Preview

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With 31 fights over a 12-year career, Mathebula might be mistaken for an American. At 33, the 2000 Olympian has decided to go for the jackpot instead of risking the slow returns of the "World Title" installment plan in South Africa, where boxing is all but dead on television and major paydays are hard to come by. Since turning pro in 2001, Mathebula, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa, has faced a handful of fighters with fairly solid international reputations, among them Malcolm Klassen, Thomas Mashaba, and Takalani Ndlovu. His biggest achievement, however, was dropping a split decision in Panama to Celestino Caballero in 2009. At that time, Caballero was considered to be the biggest thing to hit boxing since the introduction of round card girls in bikinis. From The Cruelest Sport
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