This past Saturday, Cuban southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO) outboxed “The Filipino Flash,” Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO), at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, winning by unanimous decision to unify the super bantamweight division’s The Ring, WBO and WBA titles.
Rigondeaux, 32, displayed catlike reflexes throughout the 12-round, highly-anticipated bout, keeping Donaire, 30, at bay with lightning-fast straight lefts while ducking and dodging his opponent’s attacks. After nine rounds, Donaire, correctly believing nothing short of knockout would win him the fight, became more aggressive and scored a 10th-round knockdown with a left hook.
Rigondeaux was hardly fazed, though, administering more punishment than he received during exchanges in the 11th and 12th rounds, and his face by the fight’s conclusion was far less disfigured than Donaire’s.
Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Rigondeaux permantly defected to the United States through Mexico City, Mexico in 2009.