Nonito Donaire Jr. comes up short against Carl Frampton
(Frampton photo: AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)
Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire came up short in his bid for the WBO Interim Featherweight Championship after falling to Ireland's Carl "The Jackal" Frampton via Unanimous Decision at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Sunday morning, Manila time.
The Fil-American Donaire came out aggressive as he opened the match with some hard body shots to the younger Frampton.
It didn't take too long for Frampton to get into his groove and respond with some shots of his own.
The hometown boy began to move ahead in the second round, pressuring Donaire's back against the ropes with power shots.
Midway through the bout, Donaire managed to get some momentum back as he fired off some good shots of his own.
An uppercut from the hard-hitting Pinoy found its mark in the seventh frame, putting a brief stop to Frampton's pressure and making him wary of Donaire's power.
In the following round, Frampton once again put the pressure back on as he outworked Donaire to get his momentum back.
With a building sense of urgency, Donaire started picking his pace up in the final few rounds, looking to hit again with an uppercut and trying to walk Frampton down in the latter moments of the bout.
The Belfast-native relied on his movement as he continued to score points while avoiding most of Donaire's power shots.
After twelve rounds of championship boxing action, Frampton did enough to earn a 117-111 scorecard from all three judges to get the Unanimous Decision nod, and become the new WBO Interim Featherweight Champion.
Frampton improves to 25-1 in his boxing career, while Donaire falls to 38-5.
Missed out on the action? You can catch Nonito Donaire Jr. vs. Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World title on Sunday, April 22nd, 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!