MANILA, Philippines – South African boxer Simpiwe Vetyeka may not necessarily be a dirty fighter, but he sure uses dirty tactics inside the ring, according to new world featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire.
Donaire and Vetyeka clashed heads towards the end of the first round of their featherweight title fight Saturday in Macau, and it was the Filipino who got the worst of it as a cut opened up above his left eye.
It was Donaire who got the last laugh, however, knocking down Vetyeka in the fourth round before settling for a unanimous technical decision after the ring official decided to put a stop to the contest before the start of the fifth round.
“I feel na parang may dirty tactics si Vetyeka, kasi may siko, may ulo, lahat-lahat,” Donaire said in an interview with Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News upon his arrival in Manila Sunday night.
In a press conference Monday morning, Donaire expounded on his statement, saying: “I guess style lang niya ‘yun, na kapag sumusuntok siya, dala ‘yung ulo.”
“Nakikita ko talaga na may elbow. Pagkatapos niya sumuntok, ang defense niya ay elbow,” he added.
Donaire was hesitant to immediately brand Vetyeka a dirty fighter, however, instead saying that it was the former champion’s style.
“I don’t think he was trying to be dirty, but definitely, looking at it, parang dirty ‘yung style niya. But I think it was just his boxing style,” Donaire said.
Vetyeka’s tactics backfired on him, as Donaire was able to outfox him in the third and fourth round.
“Of course, I wanted to win convincingly. But most of all, parang frustrated na ako, kasi dumudugo na ‘yung mukha ko, and secondly, tinutulak niya ako or hine-headbutt niya ako,” Donaire said.
Donaire still remains willing to fight Vetyeka again in a rematch despite the South African’s dirty tactics inside the ring, and “The Filipino Flash” is confident that he can repeat his victory.
“I’ll give him a rematch. I was winning the fight naman eh,” he pointed out. -- From a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News.