Update - The Donaire-Santiago fight was moved to July 29. We’ll be providing live scoring for Frank Martin vs. Artem Harutyunyan.
Veteran Nonito Donaire returns to the ring to try to become the oldest bantamweight champion of all time when he faces Alexandro Santiago for the vacant WBC bantamweight title. The 12-round bout will take place in the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. SHOWTIME is going to handle the live broadcast at 9:30 p.m. ET with the main event expected to start around 11 p.m. ET.
Donaire (42-7, 28 KOs), now 40, is looking to break his own longevity record as he recently held a bantamweight title at the age of 38. He has won titles at bantamweight, flyweight, super flyweight and featherweight during his 21-year career. Donaire won the WBC bantamweight title with a fourth-round knockout over Nordine Oubaali on May 29, 2021, and lost it in a second-round TKO to Naoye Inoue in a unification bout on June 7, 2022.
Santiago (27-3-5, 14 KOs) is on a three-fight win streak and has won 11 out of his past 12 fights with the only loss coming by majority decision to Gary Russell on November 27, 2021. Since that loss, Santiago has wins over Juan Ramirez Marquez, David Carmona and Antonio Nieves, all in 2022. Santiago has won three of his past five fights by knockout or stoppage.
Donaire comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -165 favorite while Santiago is a +130 underdog.
Frank Martin vs. Artem Harutyunyan round-by-round results
Round 1: Harutyunyan
It was a strong first round from both fighters, but Harutyunyan was more aggressive and landed more punches which gave him the edge to start the fight.
Round 2: Martin
Another relatively even round was highlighted by Martin’s stellar counterpunching, which did some damage.
Round 3: Harutyunyan
Harutyunyan continues to be the aggressor in the fight, throwing and landing more punches. That was the difference in another close round.
Round 4: Martin
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but it was another close round. Martin started using his jab and subsequently landed some power punches to give him the edge in this round.
Round 5: Harutyunyan
It was a nice bounce-back round for Harutyunyan while Martin started to slow down.
Round 6: Martin
By far the most entertaining round of the bout. Martin put Harutyunyan on his heels and clearly hurt him but he survived ... for now.
Round 7: Harutyunyan
Harutyunyan responded well after struggling in the previous round.
Round 8: Harutyunyan
Harutyunyan continues to control the pace and land more punches. He’s stealing this fight.
Round 9: Harutyunyan
Harutyunyan has an answer for everything that Martin is throwing at him.
Round 10: Martin
Shades of Martin’s sixth round as the boxer dominated. He’ll need more of that in the final two rounds.
Round 11: Martin
Martin continued his desperate attempts to win the fight. He’s definitely turning up the intensity while Harutyunyan gets conservative.
Round 12: Martin (10-8)
Martin finished strong and knocked down Harutyunyan, which might just be the difference in the fight.