WATCH: Highlights of Donaire-Vetyeka showdown
Nonito Donaire Jr. is a world champion again after beating South Africa’s Simpiwe Vetyeka via unanimous technical decision in a bout marred by a clash of heads in the first round.
An accidental headbutt towards the end of the opening frame left Donaire dazed and opened up a cut above his left eye, but he still fought for three more rounds, knocking down Vetyeka with a counter left hook in the fourth round.
Before the start of the fifth round, however, the referee decided to stop the fight due to the gash above Donaire’s left eye, and the bout went into the scorecards.
All three judges scored the bout 49-46 in Donaire’s favor, making him the new World Boxing Association featherweight champion.