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.