Guillermo Rigondeaux beat Nonito Donaire via unanimous decision on Saturday night in what is The Jackal's biggest win of his career.
Rigondeaux came in as the WBA super bantamweight champion and a highly decorated amateur. He's said to have fought 400 amateur fights and won gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. With the win, Rigondeaux is now the WBO super bantamweight champion as well.
A victory like this can't be understated for Rigondeaux. Donaire came in with a 31-1 record. Boxing fans won't be shocked that he lost, but it will likely have been a bit of a surprise.
Those wondering whether or not Rigondeaux was worth the hype got plenty of evidence as to his true talent. This is a fighter Freddie Roach has gone on record labeling as one of the best he's ever seen.
The way Rigondeaux outclassed Donaire was a masterful display. This isn't a fighter who's looked great against weak opposition and then wilted against tougher fighters. Boxing has always been full of paper champions. Rigondeaux is not one of those boxers.
Quite frankly, the sky is the limit for him at this point. This fight gives both he and those involved in the sport the affirmation necessary to promote him as pound for pound one of the best in the sport.
Now it's just a matter of how big a star he can truly become.
Rigondeaux should be able to take on any and all contenders for the title. With the way he worked Donaire around the ring, it's hard seeing anybody be able to get past Rigondeaux's speed and defense. He completely neutralized Donaire and took him out of the fight.
You could see these two meeting down the road again at some point. Rigondeaux and Donaire put on a the kind of performance that makes boxing fans love the sport. It was the sweet science at its best. Watching two heavyweights go at it and try to knock each other out is fun and all, but there's something different in watching the kind of fight these two put on.
Donaire might not have much of a chance in any prospective rematch, but fans would surely love to see another fight between the two.