Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Nonito Donaire

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2013-04-13 : Nonito Donaire 121½ lbs lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux 121½ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


Guillermo Rigondeaux claimed the WBO and The Ring Magazine titles with a unanimous decision win over Nonito Donaire in the main event of HBO's card at Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York.

A tense few opening rounds saw each man looking for counter-punching opportunities while respecting the power of his opponent. The chess match continued into the middle rounds with Rigondeaux moving around the ring and trying to land his signature straight left hand. The lightning-quick Donaire came forward but struggled to land against his quicker opponent.

Donaire stepped up his aggression in the tenth round and caught Rigondeaux with a straight left hand while in a southpaw stance that put the Cuban on his backside for a one-count.

In the final round, a clean left hand from Rigondeaux injured the right eye of Donaire. He kept the eye covered for the remainder of the round and by the end of the bout it was noticeably swollen and bruised.

Notes

CompuBox punchstats
Total Punches Rigondeaux Donaire
Landed 129 82
Thrown 396 352
Pct. 33% 23%
Power Punches Rigondeaux Donaire
Landed 73 64
Thrown 176 214
Pct. 41% 36%
Jabs Rigondeaux Donaire
Landed 56 18
Thrown 220 138
Pct. 25% 13%
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux 11-0 (8 KOs) vs. Nonito Donaire 31-1 (20 KOs)
  • Donaire entered as the junior featherweight champion and the # 5 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and according to The Ring Magazine. Rigondeaux, a 1.45-to1 betting underdog, was ranked as the # 1 junior featherweight contender. [1] [2]
  • Rigondeaux returned to longtime Cuban amateur trainer Pedro Luis Diaz for the bout.
  • It was reported that Donaire earned $1.32 million for the fight, while Rigondeaux made $750,000; a career high to date. [3]
  • It was the second fight of Donaire's professional career in New York City. In his previous appearance in 2011 he scored a unanimous decision over Omar Andres Narvaez (35-0-2).
  • ESPN's Dan Rafael scored it 114-113 in favor of Rigondeaux.
  • HBO's Harold Lederman scored it 118-109 in favor of Rigondeaux.
  • It was the first loss for Donaire in over 12 years.