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Donaire vs Mathebula: Live Results and Round-By-Round Coverage

Nonito Donaire and Kelly Pavlik headline on HBO tonight.
Nonito Donaire and Kelly Pavlik headline on HBO tonight.
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tonight at 10 p.m. EDT on HBO, Nonito Donaire leads a double-header from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik in the co-feature.

[ Preview: Donaire vs Mathebula, Pavlik vs Rosinsky ]

Donaire (28-1, 18 KO) will be looking to unify his WBO super bantamweight title with the IBF belt held by Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KO). It will be the first time in his career that the popular, 29-year-old Filipino considered one of the best in the world pound-for-pound, will be at a significant disadvantage in terms of size, as the 5'10" South African will have at least about three inches on him. It could make for a very interesting matchup, as Donaire has just one fight in this weight class under his belt, a February win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

Pavlik (39-2, 34 KO) has won his first two fights under new trainer Robert Garcia, but those came against very limited club fighters in Aaron Jaco and Scott Sigmon. New York's Will Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KO) gave Edwin Rodriguez a hell of a fight last year, and it's been a long time since Pavlik has even looked like a fighter on the level of prospect Rodriguez.

Pavlik's last three bouts have seen him look varying degrees of rusty, and he'll need to have a better performance in him tonight. He does get some serious credit for flying back into action a month after his last fight, as does Rosinsky.

We'll have live, round-by-round coverage and immediate post-fight analysis for both bouts. Join us!

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