Boxing

Guillermo Rigondeaux Dethrones Nonito Donaire in a Snoozer at Radio City

Guillermo Rigondeaux got the biggest win of his career at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
Guillermo Rigondeaux got the biggest win of his career at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2013

Guillermo Rigondeaux utilized his defense and slick counterpunching to confound Nonito Donaire and win a unanimous decision to unify the WBO and WBA super bantamweight titles at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Scores were 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111.

The undefeated Cuban (12-0, 8 KO) didn't win himself many fans with his safety first, catch him as he comes in style of fighting but he did get the biggest win of his short professional career.

A standout amateur with over 400 fights, Rigondeaux became just the second man to defeat Nonito Donaire and in the process captured a second world championship in a career that has stunningly only lasted 12 fights.

For Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO) it was a precipitous fall from grace as he appeared slower, and less determined than his opponent for the first time in his career.

He was frustrated for long stretches of the fight, forced to follow his opponent around the ring and eat counter punches without landing anything of consequence.

The lone moment of drama in the fight came at the beginning of the 10th when Donaire landed a quick punch that dropped Rigondeaux to the mat. But the Cuban wasn't badly hurt and went on to win the rest of the round.

And that more than anything was the story of the fight. A night of boxing, boos and a stunningly lopsided result. Just another day in boxing.

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