Guillermo Rigondeaux Defeats Nonito Donaire in Super Bantamweight Unification Bout

Jun. 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Guillermo Rigondeaux (center) celebrates after defeating Teon Kennedy (not pictured) during a super bantamweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Two of boxing’s most talented fighters went head-to-head at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York on Saturday night to unify the super bantamweight titles. Nonito Donaire took on two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux to determine who was the world’s best at 122-pounds.

The WBA and WBO belts were on the line and one man would leave the undisputed champion.

Rigondeaux was able to overwhelm Donaire and take a win that appeared more dominant than the judges scorecards implied. For the first time in his career, Donaire looked like the slower fighter as he continued to eat punches and become more frustrated as the fight went on.

Donaire was able to drop the Cuban in the tenth round, but that was the lone bright spot of the fight for Donaire as Rigondeaux picked him apart for the remainder of the fight. It was another lopsided fight in the ring and your typical boxing match.

When the judge’s scorecards were read, Rigondeaux took the unanimous decision victory over Donaire by scores of 114-113, 115-112, and 116-111.


Topics: Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire

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