Another fallen champion: Donaire yields world boxing title to Rigondeaux

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Guillermo Rigondeaux, left, lands a punch on Nonito Donaire during a junior featherweight title boxing match at Radio City Music Hall in New York Sunday, April 14, 2013. Rigondeaux won on a unanimous twelve round decision. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Philippine boxing took another blow after Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire lost his WBO world super bantamweight belt to unbeaten Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux Sunday (Manila time) in their 12-round fight at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The judges scored 114-113, 115-112, 116-111, all in favor of Rigondeaux, who is now the unified WBO/WBA super bantamweight champion with a professional record of 12-0, eight knockouts.

Donaire (31-2, 20KOs) scored the lone knockdown of the fight in the 10th round, but it wasn’t enough to extend his 12-year winning streak — which was stopped at 30 straight.

The 2012 Fighter of the Year Donaire became the fourth Filipino fighter to fall in just a span of four months after former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, Brian Viloria and Malcolm Tunacao also reeled to shocking defeats.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist Rigondeaux tasted the canvass after getting hit by a short left  in halting Donaire’s streak. Donaire went for the finish but the Rigondeaux was able to survive the round and quickly recover.

Rigondeaux drew boos from the overflow crowd as he let Donaire chase him around the ring in the latter rounds.  He was surprisingly the quicker fighter, though, as he is able to land significant shots including a straight left that doomed Donaire, who had a cut in his right eye.
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  • virgoyap

    After Pacman comes Villoria, then comes Donaire. It seems that defeat is contagious!!

  • darsmith

    Move-on ND, no need for a rematch with Rigo. I’m pretty sure the Cuban will chase ND once the latter moves up to featherweight. Even Arum is dissatisfied with Rigo’s style which certainly will not sell in the pros. Audience don’t find appealing a boxer who runs most of the time.

  • Scar Mind

    puro kasi pakyot si nonits kaya ayan talo..

  • tabalu

    bawasan kasi ang maraming daldal at kayabangan, itanong nyo man kay chino trinidad at pinol.

  • wawa2172

    You are a champion in the heart, mind and soul of the Filipinos. Undefeated in 12 bouts is something that Donaire should be proud of and he can’t win all the time. He is still young and could continue fighting in the ring. Well, he floored the Cuban showing how powerful he is but the opponent was so technical and he was good at it to outpoint the flash. They could have a rematch and that would be a big fight to watch for.

  • dodot24

    Nasaan iyong mga nag co-comment na ” I am proud to be Pinoy “. wala akong nabasa.
    Talo o Panalo stick to you words guys.

  • Lightning_seed

    Inaalat mga pinoy boxers this 2013 ahh..but they will come back ..better than ever..mabuhay si villoria at donaire..wag lang kayo sumali sa pultika gaya ni MP

  • UrHONOR

    >>>The judges scored 114-113, 115-112, 116-111, all in favor of Rigondeaux…..<<<

    SANA may magawa ang CBCP dito……paki-usapan ang Supreme Court na i-reverse ang decision….o magpalabas ng TRO habang merong motion for reconsideration. :)

  • david

    fallen? oa namang title ‘to. literally and figuratively. donaire may have lost this fight but doesn’t mean he’s fallen. besides, unanimous decision so depende kung saan tiningnan ng judge ang laban.

  • Noel

    It’s just another staged fight then a rematch. It’s all about gambling in boxing manipulated by syndicates.

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