The full Nonito Donaire vs Magdaleno full fight report and round by round analysis.
Billed as the potential fight of the night, it was certainly an intriguing watch.
The first round was a feeling out process for the most part, with Donaire perhaps edging it based on slightly more punches thrown and landed.
Magdaleno had some decent success towards the end of round 2 but Donaire came back right before the bell.
The fight began to heat up a bit in the third as WBO super-bantamweight champion Donaire began putting the pressure and move forward against Magdanelo, who had some decent success himself countering and pivoting on the back foot.
A cut opened above the left eye on Magdaleno in roun 5 from an apparent clash of heads that instant replay showed after the round ended.
Round 5 was a Donaire round in my opinion. Based on pressure and work rate.
Magdaleno had a very strong round 6 and walked Donaire onto a couple of nice counter punches. The right hook and left uppercut while moving backwards were impressive from the challenger on a few occasions.
The challenger had another positive round in the seventh, utilizing excellent footwork behind his boxing skills and slightly frustrating a plodding Nonito Donaire who despite coming forward, didn’t land much.
Magdaleno sunk in some nice body punches in round 8, as well as pumping the jab into the face of Donaire who was developing a welt under the eye at this point.
The fight exploded into life in the 9th round as Magdaleno opened up with combinations on Donaire on the ropes after hurting the Filipino boxer from an initial check right hook.
Donaire came back in the 10th and wobbled Magdaleno early in the round.
It was a more competitive round than the 9th round, with both men having success in different parts – I gave the edge in the round to Donaire based on slightly more aggression.
The 11th was another close round. Although the cleaner work came from Magdaleno my opinion.
Magdaleno was too slick for the most part in the 12th for Donaire, making the champion miss at times. Both men traded at points in the round as Donaire chased Magdaleno towards the end of the last bell. I gave Donaire the round based on a couple of nice right hands landed.
In the end when the scorecards were read out – the winner by unanimous decision was Jessie Magdaleno.
For the preliminary undercard video footage of tonight’s action in Vegas check it out here.