Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa and Nonito Donaire (L) of the Philippines fight during their WBA featherweight title boxing fight in Macau on May 31, 2014.
Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa and Nonito Donaire (L) of the Philippines fight during their WBA featherweight title boxing fight in Macau on May 31, 2014. Donaire won the fight. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACEANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images ( ANTHONY WALLACE )

San Leandro's Nonito Donaire scored a unanimous decision over WBA featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka on Saturday night after the fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round due to an accidental headbutt.

Donaire, 31, earned a world title in his fourth weight class by capturing the 126-pound bout. He suffered a serious cut over his left eye caused by the first-round headbutt. By the end of the fourth round, Donaire (33-2) could no longer see because of blood running from the cut.

By rule, the bout went to the scorecards, and Donaire won 49-46 on all three cards to secure the victory at the Venetian Resort in Macau.

"After the first round there was a headbutt," Donaire said. "The ref asked me if I want him to stop the fight. I told him I want to continue."

Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa and Nonito Donaire (C) of the Philippines during their WBA featherweight title boxing match in Macau on May 31, 2014.
Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa and Nonito Donaire (C) of the Philippines during their WBA featherweight title boxing match in Macau on May 31, 2014. Donaire won the fight. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACEANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images ( ANTHONY WALLACE )

Vetyeka (26-3) headbutted Donaire several more times after the first round, but Donaire remained the aggressor and used a fourth-round combination to leave the South African wobbly.

Donaire said he didn't want the fight to end but could no longer see.

"He (Vetyeka) is a great fighter; he deserves a rematch," Donaire said.

Said promoter Bob Arum, "(Donaire) said he didn't like to win the title that way so he's going to give the South African kid a rematch."

Vetyeka disputed that he had headbutted Donaire.

"I'm terribly upset," Vetyeks said.

Donaire had previously won world titles at flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight. He also held an interim title at super flyweight.


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Also on the "Featherweight Fury" card, Evgeny Gradovich (19-0) retained his IBF title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Alexander Miskirtchian (24-3-1), and Nicolas Walters (24-0) stopped Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1) in the fifth round.

  • Carl Froch (33-2) knocked out George Groves (19-2) with a right hook in the eighth round to retain his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in front of 80,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium.

  • Sam Soliman (44-11) won the IBF middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Felix Sturm (39-4) in Krefeld, Germany.Soliman also won a decision against Sturm in February 2013, but that bout was later ruled a no contest, when Soliman tested positive for a banned stimulant.

    MCT Information Services contributed to this report.