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)
Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum said on Monday that the rematch between newly crowned WBA featherweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr and his opponent South African boxer Simpiwe Vetyeka would likely be in November. It could also be earlier, depending on how fast the Filipino boxer would recover from the huge cut on his left eye caused by the accidental head butt during their Saturday bout.
Donaire, in a post-fight press conference at The Venetian in Macau's Cotai Arena proposed to hold their rematch in the same venue.
He won over Vetyeka due to the eye would which hindered his vision, prompting the referee to stop the fight after the fourth round and apply boxing rules to refer to the score cards to determine the winner.
Fortunately for Donaire, it was an identical 49-46 from the three judges. He wanted to continue the fight despite the eye wound for the sake of the fans, but it was the referee's call that prevailed.
He told the Philippine Star, "It's disappointing that things ended the way it did and hopefully we can do it again ... When I got headbutted I was really out of it, I didn't know what the hell was going on."
The wound required 11 stitches. Donaire was back in Manila on Monday with wife Rachel and 10-month-old son Jarel.