By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury” card on Saturday at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, China, featured three world featherweight title fights. In the main event, multi-division former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) won a fourth round technical decision to dethrone WBA featherweight “super” champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (26-3, 15 KOs). Donaire was cut over the left eye by an accidental headbutt at the end of round one. Another headbutt bothered Donaire in round two. Donaire staggered Vetyeka in round three but the champion recovered. Vetyeka came out aggressively in round four, but Donaire floored Vetyaka with a left hook. The fight was then stopped after round four. All three judges had it 49-46 for Donaire. After the fight, the newly crowned world champion Donaire promised Vetyeka a rematch.
Unbeaten WBA featherweight “regular” champ Nicholas “Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over 38-year-old multi-division former world champion “Raging Bull” Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KOs). Walters dropped Darchinyan with an uppercut in round two. Darchinyan had difficulty getting past Walters’ defense. Walters again dropped Darchinyan in round five and then laid him out moments later. Time was 2:22.
IBF featherweight champ Egveny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs). Miskirtchian dropped Gradovich with a jab in round six, but Gradovich did more to win by scores of 117-110, 117-110, 118-110.
Unbeaten super flyweight Rex Tso (10-0, 6 KOs) survived a score against Ratchasak Kokietgym (22-3-1, 10 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Asia Paciﬁc jr. bantamweight title. Kokietgym dropped Tso twice in round three, but Tso recovered and went on to win a ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 97-91, 97-91, 96-92.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Ik Yang (14-0, 9 KOs) brutalized Geisler Ap (3-2, 2 KOs) in the first round. Ap down twice. Time was 2:24.
Unbeaten local jr middleweight Kuok Kun Ng (4-0, 2 KOs) needed just 56 seconds to take out Muhammad Imam (2-4, 0 KOs)
In an IBF junior featherweight eliminator, Chris Avalos (24-2, 18 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Yasutaka Ishimoto (24-7, 7 KOs). Avalos broke down Ishimoto round by round and finally floored Ishimoto in round eight. Ishimoto’s corner threw in the towel to protect their fighter from further punishment.
2012 Olympian super middleweight Esquiva Falcao (3-0, 1 KO) hammered out a six round unanimous decision over Eunchang Lee (7-4, 3 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 59-54, 58-55.