Donaire Wins War of Attrition

By Robert Ecksel on December 11, 2015
Donaire Wins War of Attrition
The Flash’s left eye began swelling in round five. His right eyelid was cut in round seven.

Donaire won the vacant WBO World super bantamweight title by grinding out a decision over unheralded but tough Cesar Juarez…

Friday night at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a fight televised live on TruTV, former multidivisional champion Nonito Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs), from San Leandro, California, by way of Talibon, Bohol, Philippines, won the vacant WBO World super bantamweight title by grinding out a 12-round decision over unheralded but tough Cesar Juarez (17-4, 14 KOs), from Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

The final scores were 117-109 and 116-110 twice, none of which indicate just how close the fight was.

The likeable Donaire took more of a beating than his opponent. His left eye began swelling and discoloring in round five. His right eyelid was cut in round seven and bled for the remainder of the fight. Nonito started strong. He dropped Juarez in the fourth, twice if one includes a trip that was ruled a knockdown, and it looked like Donaire was going to cruise to a victory.

But at the end of round six Donaire slipped and hurt his ankle which hampered his movement, the same movement which enabled him to win the first half of the fight. Unable to effectively use the ring, Donaire ineffectively used the ropes, which was an open invitation for Juarez to crowd him and land punches.

According to our scorecard, Juarez won rounds seven through 12. There were moments when Donaire countered effectively and stung his opponent, but he seemed unable to hurt Juarez or slow him down.

Some are calling the fight a robbery. It was close fight, but a robbery it was not. Nor was it pleasant watching 33-year-old Donaire take another beating. He had lost two of his last six fights going into tonight’s fight, to Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013 and Nicholas Walters in 2014, and if the war of attrition against Juarez is any indication, there are more beatings and losses to come.

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  1. Jethro's Flute 11:03am, 12/13/2015

    “I tend to base my opinion on the belief that those fighters who rely on reflexes above skill get exposed by father time. Roy Jones is the classic example”

    Well said. Add Muhammad Ali to that. After he got older, heavier and slower, he still won but did so at an awful cost to his health.

  2. raxman 12:39am, 12/13/2015

    anyone got a theory on what’s happened to Donaire? is it just father time?
    you’ll never convince me he was anything but the real deal - that year, 2012 when he stopped Arce and Nishioka and beat both Mathebula and Vasquez jnr over the 12, was as worthy of Fighter of the Year as any I’ve seen.
    I tend to base my opinion on the belief that those fighters who rely on reflexes above skill get exposed by father time. Roy Jones is the classic example. He never had the pure boxing skills of say Hopkins - actually I hate to use him as an example but Mayweather jnr is probably the best example as he had lightening speed in the first two thirds of his career but as he lost a second or two off his reflexes and maybe his hand speed he was able to compensate with skills and ring smarts
    I’ll have to watch some early Donaire fights to see how much he relied on what God gave him as opposed to whats gained from hard work

  3. Koolz 08:19am, 12/12/2015

    I just saw the Donaire fight wow that was something else!  Donaire got tired and gassed out but he was still throwing more accurate shots.  I wonder if he was fighting with that hurt ankle the whole time. 
    Juarez is a tank, just keep coming forward.  Fights like Chavez Jr..  Great Total War!
    I still think Donaire has a lot left to keep fighting.  He did take quite a bit of punishment on the ropes in those later rounds.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:42am, 12/12/2015

    Make that Hair Stylist bud! Even with only one knockdown in the fourth, Donaire still gets the decision. Some in the crowd booing the decision after both fighters, not just Juarez, fought their hearts out. Minutes later in chauvinistic heaven when Verdejo scorches his Brazilian patsy, who only minutes earlier was doing the Samba on the way to the ring. The beauty consultant’s left was down by his knee when Verdejo landed that sucker punch.

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