Guerillmo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO's) kept his undefeated record in tact as he upset Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO's) by unanimous decision at the Radio Hall in New York City. Scores were 114-113, 116-111, 115-112. It wasn’t a fight of the year candidate, and most of the time there wasn’t a lot of action, but it was one of those fights that you just needed to keep watching. After the first round, there was a sense that someone was going too knocked out or at least knocked down. Rigondeaux stuck to his game plan by using his masterful defense and counterpunching to keep Donaire away from him. Donaire spent most of the night trying to get to the slick Rigondeaux but often couldn’t find his mark. Donaire was falling behind on the scorecards fast as Rigondeaux used his superior speed and counter punches to keep Donaire away from him, stealing the rounds away. In the tenth round Donaire did find some light as he dropped Rigondeaux with a left hook however it wasn’t enough to win on the scorecards. The scores were considered a lot closer than what most people expected, however when you are dealing with a counterpuncher like Rigondeaux that doesn’t throw that many punches, you never know what the judges thinking. Too much running away may be frowned upon despite being in control of the fight. Regardless, the decision when to the right guy.
For the most part, fans were upset at the non-action bout that took place before their eyes. Only true fans of boxing could understand the tactics used by Rigondeaux to win the fight. He looked very impressive, and for a man with only 11 professional bouts, he defeated one of the best pound for pound boxers in the game. Rigondeaux looks to have a bright future in front of him, and I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of Donaire.