Nonito Donaire falls short against still unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 06, 2016 11:44 AM
Jessie Magdaleno hits Nonito Donaire, of the Philippines, during their WBO junior featherweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire stayed patient throughout the fight, maybe a little too patient, as he got outworked by Jessie Magdaleno en route to a unanimous decision loss, Saturday night (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The younger Magdaleno, who had called Donaire out for the better part of a year, came out aggressive in the first two stanzas, sticking and moving while Donaire kept patient and picked his shots.
The more experienced Donaire began to push the pace in round three, controlling the center of the ring and keeping Magdaleno backing up. An accidental headbutt opened Magdaleno up in round four, while the Pinoy continued to stay patient while Magdaleno remained aggressive.
Donaire began to turn things up in round five, getting the better of the exchanges with Magdaleno, but the younger challenger bounced back in the sixth round, landing hard on Donaire and pushing the action.
Magdaleno continued to push the action in the eighth round, landing early and often on Donaire. Magdaleno's biggest round came in the ninth, when he had the Pinoy champion in a very precarious situation against the ropes towards the end of the round.
Donaire managed to halt Magdaleno's momentum a bit in the tenth round, but the Mexican-American stayed busy, sticking and moving.
In a big final round, Donaire and Magdaleno traded shots, with Donaire landing harder, but Magdaleno landing more.
After 12 rounds, the judges scored the bout in favor of Magdaleno, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110, making him the new WBO world super bantamweight champion in his first crack at a world championship.
The 24-year old Magdaleno improves to 24-0 in his career, while Donaire falls to 37-4.