Alexandro Santiago decisions Nonito Donaire Jr. to capture WBC title

Photo credit: Nonito Donaire and Alexandro Santiago pose during a weigh-in Friday ahead of their bantamweight title boxing match in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Nonito Donaire vs. Alexandro Santiago Live, Stream Info, Schedule, Time and Fight Results. 40-year-old Filipino-American star Nonito Donaire Jr. (42-7, 28KOs), a Future Hall of Famer, will battle 27-year-old Mexican contender Alexandro Santiago (27-3-5, 14KOs) for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship in the undercard bout of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford live on SHOWTIME from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 29, 2023 (Sunday, July 30, PHL time).

"Everybody showed up to dance around, but I will show all these guys what this old man can do. I'm going to keep going. I'm going to keep fighting, and I'm going to get that undisputed bantamweight title. That's the only thing I have not done. I believe I have a great game plan going into this fight. I would get this one, and then Takuma Inoue (WBA champion), and then whoever else, and then Jason Moloney or whoever gets the IBF crown). I’m still going to go for all the belts.” said the legendary Filipino Flash.

Spence vs. Crawford Main Card:
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford [LIVE]
Isaac Cruz vs. Giovanni Cabrera [LIVE]
Alexandro Santiago def. Nonito Donaire Jr., UD12 (115-113, 116-112, 116-112)
Yoenis Tellez def. Sergio Garcia, TKO3
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Spence vs. Crawford Undercard Results:
Steven Nelson def. Rowdy Montgomery, via UD10
Jose Salas Reyes def. Aston Palicte, via TKO4
Justin Viloria def. Pedro Borgaro, via TKO4
Demler Zamora def. Nikolai Buzolin, via UD8
DeShawn Prather def. Kevin Ventura, via UD6
Jabin Chollet def. Michael Portales, via TKO2

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Nonito Donaire vs. Alexandro Santiago Live Round-by-Round Updates:

ROUND 1: Donaire aggressive and taking center ring. Santiago early jabs miss. Donaire stalking. Santiago landing jabs. Both fighters trade hooks. Left hook scores for Santiago. More jabs landing for Santiago, Donaire lands to the body. 10-9 Santiago. [via]

ROUND 2: Donaire whiffs early. They trade jabs. Santiago lands a hook-straight combo. They trade left hooks. Donaire lands clean with a left. Santiago wins an exchange. Santiago lands to the body. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 3: Donaire stalking Santiago. They trade jabs. Donaire hurts Santiago with a left. Santiago is cut! Santiago recovers and survives. Donaire landing with a variety of punches. 10-9 Donaire.

ROUND 4: Donaire looking to capitalize on his strong third round. They trade jabs early. Advantage Donaire. Donaire lands a right. Santiago with a jab and a right. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 5: Donaire again controlling the center ring. Santiago landing nicely with jabs. They trade jabs. Donaire missing with his power shots. Santiago landing a left hook and crowding Donaire. Hook to the body from Donaire. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 6: Santiago pushing forward. Crowding Donaire. Donaire looking for the big left hook but nothing doing. Donaire coming forward. Landing a jab. Santiago using lateral movement to dodge the jabs. Santiago lands a right to the body, dodges Donaire’s answer. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 7: Santiago ducks a left. Santiago fires off a six punch combo including a hard right hand. Another head butt and the ref calls a pause. Rules it an accident. Santiago circling away. Double jab from Donaire. Left hook to the body from Donaire. Santiago’s left eye bloody. Right hand over the top by Donaire. Santiago much busier. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 8: Both fighters looking the worse for wear going into the 8th. Santiago cut, Donaire swollen. Big right from the busy Santiago. Donaire lands a hook to the jaw. Serious combo landed by Santiago. Uppercut from Santiago. They trade hooks. Big right for Santiago. Left hook by Santiago. He’s beating up Donaire. Donaire moves forward, pushing Santiago off. Double left hook by Santiago. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 9: Donaire has a lot of ground to make up. Donaire coming forward early. Santiago lands to the body. Overhand right lands for Donaire. Santiago ripping to the body. Santiago landing a nice combo, starts to the body, ends in a double jab. Overhand right from Santiago. Donaire lands a big right, follows with a wild left hook that misses. Santiago landing a lot of shots to end the round including a nice uppercut. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 10: Santiago firing jabs and circling away. Double jab for Santiago. Donaire trying to corner his man. Pumping jabs and throwing to the body. Overhand right lands for Santiago. Double jab for Santiago. Donaire looking for the big right, whiffs. Santiago lands a jab, follows with a big right. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 11: Santiago looks dominant. Throwing jabs to the face and body. Big left hook for Donaire. Follows with a right. Vicious right from Santiago. 1-2 from Santiago. Donaire trying to answer. They hug and mug. Overhand right and left hook from Santiago. Santiago pumping the jab. One jab from Donaire. Four punch combo from Santiago. 10-9 Santiago.

ROUND 12: This is it. Donaire pumping the jab. Santiago making him miss with hooks. Santiago lands to the body. Jab-right from Donaire. They clinch. Chopping right from Santiago. A minute left. Left hook from Santiago. Another clinch. Donaire has no answer. 10-9 Santiago.

OFFICIAL DECISION: Alexandro Santiago UD Nonito Donaire (115-113, 116-112 and 116-112)

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