Donaire decisions Juarez in thriller to win WBO belt

12/12/2015 07:40

Four-division world champion Nonito Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) defeated Mexico's Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO super bantamweight title on Friday night at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Flipino fighter outslugged Juarez over 12 exciting rounds to win by scores of 117-109 and 116-110 twice.

Donaire landed accurate punches to the head and body while on the move in the early rounds.  

He continued to build up a lead and dropped Juarez twice in the 4th with hard shots.

Donaire slipped on the canvas during an exchange and hurt his left ankle near the end of the 6th.

The injury hampered his movement and Juarez took full advantage.

He backed Donaire to the ropes, landing punches and was robbed of a knockdown in the 10th when a hook caught Donaire on the ear and sent him down. The referee wrongly ruled it a slip. Donaire was so far ahead on the scorecards that the point for a knockdown would not have made any difference. Juarez needed a knockout.

However, Donaire fired back and connected with some upercuts until  the final bell.

Donaire claimed the WBO 122-pound title for the second time and has now won three fights in a row since dropping down in weight after he lost the WBA featherweight title when he was stopped by Nicolas Walter in the sixth round in October 2014.