Originally posted on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 7/7/12

One fight down, one to go on HBO's Boxing After Dark. Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. are on hand at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California getting ready for a 122-pound showdown between the Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire, and Jeffrey Mathebula.

The tale of the tape shows that Mathebula has more than four inches of height on Donaire but not as much of an edge in reach. The South African is 33, while Nonito is 29. Both men rehydrated to around the same weight on HBO's unofficial scale.

Kellerman calls Mathebula the tallest guy he's ever seen in this division as he makes his ring walk. His pro record stands at 26-3-2 with 14 KOs.

Donaire comes out second, sporting a 28-1 record with 18 stoppages. His last two victories have come by decision following a long streak of KO wins.

Lupe Contreras handles the official fighter introductions. Pat Russell is the referee in charge of the action. The formalities are out of the way, and we're properly prepared for a scheduled 12 rounds of action for the WBO and IBF 122-pound titles.


Round 1

Donaire swings for the fences with his first punch. Mathebula tries to get his range, but he flails wildly while doing so. Donaire hooks to the body with a left. Mathebula throws four or five straight jabs, and Donaire just mises with a left. Mathebula stumbles more and may have been caght by something. Donaire lands some more shots upstairs, but he also gets caught by a couple of counter shots. They exchange awkwardly as the round closes out.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire


Round 2

Both guys seem a little more cautious, but Donaire ends it with a right hand. Mathebula gets grabbed by the head for a second. Donaire shrugs off a combo to land a right. Mathebula has to be wary of some nasty hooks, and a nice exchange breaks out. Mathebula goes back to his jab. Donaire is really looking to load up some hooks. Mathebula lets his hands go in combination.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire


Round 3

Harold Lederman gave that round to Mathebula. It was close. Donaire is trying to stay outside of Mathebula's reach, which isn't easy. The crowd is ooh-ing every time Nonito lands. They almost start trading along the ropes, but Mathebula manuevers his way out. Tons of dancing as Donaire tries to work his way in. Mathebula has been busier, probably enough to take this round. Not a pretty one by any means.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Mathebula


Round 4

Now it's a pose-off as both men play to the crowd. Donaire is leaping in to land his stuff, not that he has tons of choice. Mathebula fires off a flurry of shots upstairs. He tries hooks with both hands as the crowd tries to psyche up Donaire. Right hand by Nonito as he comes forward. He measures a right and left, then backs Mathebula into the corner. Mathebula misses about seven straight before taking one back. With five seconds left, Donaire lands a left hand right on the chin, and Mathebula is down for the first tiem in his career. He beats the count, but he looks mighty dazed.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Donaire


Round 5

Mathebula tries to show he's unhurt by firing his quick, light punches. But can he last in the face of Donaire's crazy power shots? He narrowly misses some bombs, but Mathebula lands a solid right. Donaire goes to the body, then to the head in the corner. Anothe left hand stuns Mathebula for a moment. Donaire clowns for a second and almost lands after the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire 

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