THE ending to their 12-round title fight left a lot to be desired, and so Nonito Donaire Jr., the newly-crowned World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion, is gracious enough to give South African Simpiwe Vetyeka a chance to prove himself again.
“The rematch has to happen,” said the 31-year-old Donaire at ringside moments after scoring a technical unanimous decision over Vetyeka to wrest the 126-lbs version of the WBA title belt on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
The match, set for 12 rounds, was stopped at the start of the fifth when ring doctors determined Donaire can’t go on further owing to a nasty cut above his left eye caused by a clash of heads near the end of the opening round.
Despite fighting with blood flowing freely from the cut, Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) led in all the scorecards of the three judges by the same tally, 39-36, when the fight ended. He nailed the 33-year-old Vetyeka down to the canvas a few seconds before round four ended following a short but vicious left hook.
The cut needed 11 sticthes to close.
The 'Filipino Flash’ was disappointed the fight had to be stopped, convinced the champion was already ripe for the picking and a knockout win just around the corner.
“This is unfinished victory, unfinished business,” Donaire later told Abac Cordero of the Philippine Star reporting straight from Macau.
Vetyeka (26-3, 15 KOs) was likewise upset with the outcome of his first defense of the title he won over Indonesian Chris John just last December. But the South African is hopeful Donaire would stand true to his words about giving him a rematch.
“I’m terribly disappointed,” he disclosed to the Philippine Star. “He promised to give me a rematch. I hope we see that rematch."
Top Rank Promotions chairman Bob Arum definitely knows when a fight needs a part two, and Donaire-Vetyeka deserves another one, according to him.
“We’re gonna do that rematch as soon as possible. Donaire vs. Vetyeka II,” Arum told Philippine Star.