By Benjy Swan: Boxing got another black eye tonight with Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KO’s) winning the WBA Super World featherweight title with a very strange looking 4 round technical decision over WBA champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-3, 16 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
The fight was stopped after 4 rounds by the advice of the ringside doctor due to a cut that Donaire had suffered over his left eye from what the referee ruled from a clash of heads. The reality is there wasn’t a clash of heads seen on replay.
The cut either occurred from a jab to Donaire’s eye or more likely from a right hand that Vetyeka hit Donaire with at the end of the round that put him down. The referee’s ruling that the cut being caused by a head-butt saved Donaire from losing the fight, because if it had been caused by a punch, then Vetyeka would have gotten a 4th round TKO win if Donaire couldn’t continue, which is what happened. But, with the referee saying the cut was caused by a clash of heads, it meant that the fight could go to the scorecards once it reached the 4th round.
The controversy, besides the referee’s blown ruling on the cause of the cut, was the fight being allowed to continue just long enough for it to be official, and then magically it was stopped after Donaire complained he couldn’t see out of his left eye. The thing is the cut over his eye didn’t appear to get any worse, and it made no sense for the fight to have been halted in the 4th rather than in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.
Donaire knocked Vetyeka down in the 4th after catching him off guard with a left hook to the head. Vetyeka got back to his feet and fought well enough to be the one controlling the round when it ended.
The judges scored the fight 49-46, 49-46 and 49-46.
Donaire now has the WBA Super World featherweight title in his possession despite the fact that he would have lost the fight had the referee made the right ruling on the cause of the cut. With this victory, Donaire has now captured 4 division world titles. He said in an interview after the fight that he’d be interested in giving Vetyeka a rematch in his next fight. If that happens it would be a good thing, but his promoter Bob Arum would like to match him up against either Evgeny Gradovich or Nicholas Walters next.