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    Double joy as Donaire takes Mathebula belt

    Jul 8, 2012
    Nonito Donaire defends his WBO title and seizes Jeffrey Mathebula's IBF belt. Chris Farina / Top Rank

    NONITO DONAIRE won his unification title bout over Jeffrey Mathebula on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time)to add the South African's IBF title to the WBO super-bantamweight title the Filipino already holds.

    Donaire won it by scores of 119-108 (Deon Duarte), 117-110 (Jonathan Davis), and 118-109 (Steve Morrow).

    He scored the fight’s lone knockdown, sending Mathebula down the canvass with a solid left just as round four of the scheduled 12-round bout was about to end.

    The win by the 29-year-old California-based Filipino put him in line for a possible shot against Abner Mares or Guillermo Rigondeaux, the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super-bantamweight title holders, respectively, in his bid to become the undisputed champion in the division.

    Donaire improved to 29-1 with 18 KOs, while Mathebula fell to 26-4-2 (14 KOs)

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    Nonito Donaire defends his WBO title and seizes Jeffrey Mathebula's IBF belt. Chris Farina / Top Rank
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