Nonito Donaire from the Philippines (C) celebrates after winning the WBA world featherweight title against South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka (not seen) at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu(CHINA - Tags: SPORT BOXING)
Congratulatory messages flooded Twitter on Sunday morning after Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr won over South African pugilist Simpiwe Vetyeka in a technical decision at the The Venetian in Macau.
It was the fifth title for the Filipino boxer, seen widely as the successor of eight-division title holder and fellow Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao. With the WBA featherweight belt on Donaire now, he improved his record to 33-2, 23 KO.
Donaire suffered a cut in round two, said to be an accidental headbutt, which was repeated before the bell rang.
Vetyeka continued to be aggressive in the third and fourth rounds, but suddenly Donaire sends Vetyeka to the floor with a left hook, followed with a second left hook and a straight right just before the bell.
The referee stopped the fight before the start of round 5 because of the cut but declared Donaire victor based on the identical score of the three judges 49-46. Professional boxing rules state that the score cards are the basis after four rounds in case of an accidental head butt.
Nonito Donaire from the Philippines (R) punches South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka during their WBA world featherweight title fight at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu(CHINA - Tags: SPORT BOXING)
Minutes after the fight, Donaire recalled that he had difficulty seeing with the blood and medicine going in his eyes, "but there's no 'quit' in my vocabulary." He also admitted he didn't know what was going after the headbutt, possibly dazed by the injury.
"I didn't want the fight to be stopped because I want to continue for the fans," The Philippine Star quoted Donaire.
Vetyeka disagreed with the decision, saying it wasn't a headbutt, but Donaire assured his South African opponent a rematch.
South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka falls after being punched by Nonito Donaire (R) from the Philippines during their the WBA world featherweight tittle fight at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: SPORT BOXING)
Donaire is celebrating his victory of holding the featherweight, flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight titles by inviting his Macau fans to Bellinis, the new champ tweeted.