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Who won Donaire vs Santiago?
Alejandro Santiago beat Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 29th July 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 113-115, 112-116, 112-116 in favor of winner Alejandro Santiago.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This contest was for the WBC bantamweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr losing to Terence Crawford for the IBF World Welterweight, WBA Super World Welterweight, WBC World Welterweight and WBO World Welterweight championship. Also, on the undercard Isaac Cruz beat Giovanni Cabrera and Yoenis Tellez defeated Sergio Garcia.
Donaire vs Santiago stats
Nonito Donaire stepped into the ring with a record of 42 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws.
Alejandro Santiago made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 3 loses and 5 draws.
Nonito Donaire was the older man by 13 years, at 40 years old.
Donaire had a height advantage of 2 inches over Santiago. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Nonito Donaire & Alejandro Santiago fought out of an orthodox stance.
Donaire was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 14 more fights, and made his debut in 2001, 11 years and 9 months earlier than Santiago, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 94 more professional rounds, 311 to Santiago's 217.
Nonito Donaire went into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBC at bantamweight.
Alejandro Santiago was ranked number 3 by the WBC in the 118lb division.
Donaire vs Santiago form
Nonito Donaire had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Naoya Inoue on 7th June 2022 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Bantamweight, WBA Super World Bantamweight and IBF World Bantamweight championship fight at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Previous to that, he had beat Reymart Gaballo on 11th December 2021 by knockout in the 4th round in their WBC World Bantamweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Nordine Oubaali on 29th May 2021 by knockout in the 4th round in their WBC World Bantamweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson.
Before that, he had been beaten by Naoya Inoue on 7th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Bantamweight, IBF World Bantamweight and The Ring Bantamweight championship fight at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
He had beat Stephon Young on 27th April 2019 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBA Super World Bantamweight championship fight at Cajun Dome, Louisiana, United States.
Alejandro Santiago had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Antonio Nieves on 29th October 2022 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Gila River Arena, Glendale, United States.
Previous to that, he had lost to Gary Antonio Russell on 27th November 2021 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Park Theater, Nevada.
Going into that contest, he had drawn with Jerwin Ancajas on 28th September 2018 by split draw in their IBF World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Oracle Arena, California.
Before that, he had drawn with Jose Martinez on 24th March 2018 by split draw at Complejo Ferial, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
He had defeated David Godinez on 8th December 2017 by knockout at Gimnasio Independencia, Baja California, Mexico.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Nonito Donaire had been fighting more than Alejandro Santiago.
Going to this contest, Nonito Donaire had last fought 1 year, 1 month and 22 days ago, while Alejandro Santiago's last outing had been 9 months ago.
Donaire's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 3 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.6 rounds on average.
Santiago's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 47 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.4 rounds on average.
What time did Donaire vs Santiago start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Donaire vs Santiago?
Nonito Donaire was a 7/10 (-150) favourite going into the contest, while Alejandro Santiago made his way into the ring at 5/4 (+140) with oddsmakers.
|Winner / Verdict||% of users|
|Nonito Donaire - Decision||60%|
|Nonito Donaire - KO||33.33%|
|Alejandro Santiago - Decision||6.67%|
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