Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 8/27/14

18 Apr 1998: Naseem Hamed floors his opponent Wilfredo Vazquez during the WBO Featherweight Championship fight held at the Manchester Arena,Manchester, England. Naseem Hamed won the fight comfortably. \ Mandatory Credit: John Gichigi /Allsport

The first World Championship Boxing broadcast of 2012 is finally upon us. The Alamodome in San Antonio is the setting for a doubleheader that will be capped off by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. taking on Marco Antonio Rubio. First up, though, we'll see the Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire, in a super bantamweight title fight against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

Jim Lampley and Emanuel Steward discuss the contrast between Donaire, who is a proven champion attempting to become a household name, and Chavez Jr., who has big name recognition and is still trying to prove himself at the top level. They also bring in Larry Merchant to talk about how much talent Vazquez Jr. may have inherited from his father (and trainer), who was a world champion in three different divisions.

Donaire is already on his way to the ring, sporting a metallic red robe with white lightning bolts to maintain his "Flash" motif. A short video interview shows Donaire talking about the altercation he got into with Vazquez at one of the press conferences leading up to tonight's fight. Vazquez comes out second as we go back and see some highlights of his loss to Jorge Arce.

Michael Buffer is on hand to do the official fighter introductions. Donaire is 27-1 with 18 KOs, while Vazquez is 21-1-1, also with 18 KOs. The referee tonight is Rafael Ramos.

Looks like we're all set for a scheduled 12 rounds of boxing for the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt.


Round 1

Donaire comes out testing his jab and left hook. Vazquez looks to counter with his jab. They circle while jabbing, and left hooks land both ways. Donaire's first big right hand is blocked. Nice left uppercut by Nonito. Donaire flurries, maybe landing one punch. Vazquez is trying to time him with counters. There's a right for Donaire, followed by a left which just misses. Now Donaire uses the left hook as a counter.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire


Round 2

Vazquez jabs; Donaire answers and tries a right over the top. Donaire pops Vazquez with a flush right and a body shot, and Vazquez comes back at him with something of a shove. Nonito goes down, but it's a slip. There's another Donaire combo with a right upstairs and a left to the gut. That same combo is really working for him repeatedly. Despite that, it's Donaire who shows some damage by his right eye. Vazquez hasn't had much success with anything but his jab so far.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire


Round 3

Donaire backs up his opponent with power shots that are barely blocked. Vazquez is moving back but doing a good job not to get trapped. Lots of dancing as both men jockey for position. A wild left hook lead smashes into Vazquez, who is holding on in the corner. Wilfredo tries to swng for the fences, and he misses and falls down. Donaire stalks a la Sergio Martinez with his hands down. He lands a body shot in the closing seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire


Round 4

Vazquez misses and eats a right hand. Donaire backpedals, trying to avoid a steady stream of jabs. Donaire mizes lead left hooks with jabs. He lands an uppercut and a shirt right to the body. There's a rare right hook from Vazquez. He can't afford to swing and miss, because Donaire is right on top of him every time. Double jab and right cross from the Flash. Vazquez rushes with a right and gets smacked with a left right at the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Donaire 

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