Las Vegas Boxing Betting Odds: Nonito Donaire vs Jeffrey Mathebula
Friday, July 06, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Nonito Donaire will look to defend his WBO Super Bantamweight title and add the IBF version to his long list of titles with a win over Jeffrey Mathebula this weekend. Unifying the titles will be no easy feat for Donaire, who will face a new challenge against the reach and height of his South African opponent. Get your Las Vegas Boxing Odds at Bovada Sportsbook.
Donaire is on a current 27-fight win streak that includes 17 wins via knockout. The speedy champion will be giving up five inches in height to his opponent and there’s also the question of whether or not Donaire will have the same power in the higher weight classes. His only other fight at Super Bantamweight was a narrow split-decision win.
Mathebula is a formidable opponent who presents a mix of speed and accurate combinations that would give any fighter a tough time. He does not possess big power with only 14 knockouts in 31 fights, but his experience should also come into play if the fight goes deep into the championship rounds.
Another factor that could affect Mathebula’s performance is that this fight is the first one to be fought outside his native South Africa. For many fighters a hostile crowd can play on their performance, and it remains to be seen if Mathebula will be one of them.
The difference in this fight will be either the reach of Mathebula or the foot speed of Donaire. Whichever fighter is able to impose their special skills in this fight will be the new unified Super Bantamweight champion and will move on to bigger fights within the stacked division.