Three scenarioes for Donaire vs. Vetyeka

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Saturday, May 31, 2014


THE “Filipino Flash” will attempt to regain his lofty rating among the world’s finest fighters. His decision loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux backin 2013 had naysayers doubting his skills, claiming that the shifty Cuban exposed holes in his arsenal.

In his last fight, Donaire also got off to a shaky start against rival Vic Darchinyan, but nonetheless finished him off impressively via TKO in the ninth round.

Say what you will about Donaire (32-2, 21KOs), but the last time I checked, nobody among the world’s top fighters owns a knockout win over Darchinyan.

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His reputation will be at stake today, and the pressure is on him to perform well against SimpiweVetyeka (26-2, 16KOs).

Read on and enjoy our three possible scenarios for the fight.

FIRST. Vetyeka starts out pumping his jab and finds success with it early. In the third, Donaire shifts to southpaw and almost immediately, finds a home for his left hook.

Vetyeka is stunned in the fourth by a left hook-uppercut combo but counters with a right hand that staggers the wide-open Donaire.

In the middle rounds, Donaire shifts back to orthodox stance for defensive purposes and gains some traction behind a lead right hand
In Round 8, Donaire appears to be tiring and Vetyeka starts targeting the body. However, the Filipino Flash wins the round by landing another big left hook just before the bell.

At the start of Round 9, Vetyeka is still feeling the effects of that hook and shifts to defensive mode. Donaire gets his second wind and begins to dominate the South African.

He peppers him with combinations in Rounds 11 and 12 but Vetyeka wisely ties him up to prevent further damage.

Donaire again tries for the kayo in the 12th and a bloody Vetyekaalmost goes down but holds on to finish the fight on his feet.

Donaire via unanimous decision.

SECOND. Donaire starts out fast and pummels Vetyeka with huge combinations in the first three rounds, but the tough South African hangs on.

Donaire shifts to southpaw in the middle rounds, but the change in stance seems to have compromised his defense as Vetyeka finds a home for his right hand.

In the eighth round, as is usually the case between a lefty and a righty moving in at the same time, both fighters clash heads accidentally.
Donaire is cut in the forehead, which begins to bother him almost immediately.

During the break his corner feverishly works on the cut, but when action resumes, Vetyeka wisely targets it.

While the cut itself is not that bad, it seems to have affected Donaire’s output and aggression as he gets more cautious, giving precious rounds away to Vetyeka.

In the 12th round, Donaire lets his hands go, but Vetyeka dances away from harm and ties him up when he gets cornered.

The judges’ scorecards favor Vetyeka via split decision, a verdict which receives resounding boos from the crowd.

VETYEKA VIA SPLIT DECISION.

THIRD. Both fighters size each other up in the first round, but Donaire wins it by landing the more accurate and emphatic blows.

The “Filipino Flash” turns up the heat in the second round as he sidesteps and pivots while throwing bombs, to the delight of the crowd.

In the third, a seemingly bewildered Vetyeka offers little resistance as Donaire continues to show off his sharp-shooting skills. In between rounds, the referee saunters over to his corner and asks him if he is fit to continue and he manifests his willingness.

Big mistake as in the fourth, Donaire who seems to have recovered his best fighting form in his career connects with a sizzling right uppercut that knocks off Vetyeka’s mouthpiece as he slumps to a corner.

Donaire is about to finish him off but the ref steps in between to save the badly outclassed Vetyeka.

DONAIRE VIA TKO IN THE 4TH.

LAST ROUND. It’s on Tricia Zosa-Anton who celebrates her birthday tomorrow. Cheers!!

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(jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 01, 2014.

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