Rigondeaux Confirms Mythical Status Beating Donaire in Poorly Scored Bout
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
New York, NY (April 14th, 2013)– Cuban southpaw WBO and WBA World Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has confirmed his mythical status by dealing Nonito Donaire his first loss in 12 years by 12 round decision in the WBA and WBO world title main event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 13, 2013. A seven time Cuban national champion, two time world amateur champion, and Olympic Gold Medalist in 2000 and 2004, Rigondeaux won around 400 amateur bouts.
Rigondeaux’s legendary exploits as an amateur were heard about for a long time, but he was never seen by anybody of importance because he was fighting out of Cuba.
Rigondeaux won 11 out of 12 rounds over Nonito Donaire, making Donaire swing at air and look foolish. HBO commentator Harold Lederman scored the bout 118-109 for Rigondeaux. His daughter, Julie Lederman scored the bout 116-111 for Rigondeaux, correct but still not right. Judge Tom Schreck scored the bout 115-112 for Rigondeaux, while judge John Stewart scored the bout 114-113 for Rigondeaux.
Donaire did score a flash knockdown of Rigondeaux in the eleventh round for perhaps a 10- 8 round and his only winning round of the fight. Donaire won one round. Any judge who scored this bout 114-113 definitely has issues. True, the three judges got it right, but in the process, demonstrated perhaps the worst scoring since the now retired Paul Williams got a gift decision over Erislandy Lara in Atlantic City in 2011. For some boxing experts to call this bout’s outcome ‘a surprising win’ truly they should get their heads examined. Rigondeaux’s talent is above and beyond any of the other 122 pound super bantamweights out there, and the disparity in ability in now even close, folks.
As boxing historians will carefully note, though, there is a remarkable difference between the 122 pound division once dominated by Wilfredo Gomez, and the 126 pound Featherweight division above it Salvador Sanchez once ruled many years ago. If Rigondeaux moves up,t he going will get tougher, and his outing against Ricardo Cordoba proved, in the least, some opponents could come close to battling his style with sufficient preparation and a coherent game plan.
Whether Rigondeaux stays at 122, or moves up to 126, will be watched closely now. Adrien Broner is attempting to move up from 135 to 147 to fight Paulie Malignaggi, and as Manny Pacquiao’s knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez proves, you can be too careful and on any given night there are no guarantees.
One difference was the jabs landed, 56 for Rigondeaux to 18 for Donaire. Rigondeaux’s power punches landed and overall punches landed. Rigondeaux’s jab closed up Donaire’s right eye and busted up Donaire’s mouth in the twelfth and final round to seal the victory, and the end was cruel to watch.
It’s funny to watch the way Rigondeaux fights. Rigondeaux does not throw many punches. He fights when he wants to. For many punches, Rigondeaux stops and then starts again. In any case, Rigondeaux has come a long way.
Rigondeaux,32, goes to 12-0, eight knockouts, Miami Florida by way of Santiago de Cuba. Donaire, 30, San Leandro, California, by way of the Philippines, falls to 31-2, 20 knockouts. Mexican WBC World Featherweight champion Abner Mares, now 25-0-1, holds the mythical Salvador Sanchez WBC world title belt, and could be next for Rigondeaux if Mares gets past his upcoming bout with Daniel Ponce DeLeon, and Rigondeaux decides to move up the 126 pound weight category.
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