2012’s Boxer Of The Year Loses By Unanimous Decision
Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux squared off Saturday night, inside the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Professional Boxing Writers Association's 2012 boxer of the year, Nonito Donaire, appeared to be overwhelmed by Rigondeaux's speed and accuracy.
Donaire's attempt for a fifth tile defense of his WBO super bantamweight belt, looked to be in jeopardy early in the fight, when Rigondeaux pressed the action and took control. To most people's surprise, the fight had decent action and was somewhat entertaining, that was till about the fifth round. Rigondeaux and his corner, obviously felt they had a comfortable lead midway through the fight and were capable of countering anything Donaire had. So ignoring the booing, coming from most of the 6,145 fans in attendance Rigondeaux did what he thought gave him the best chance of winning and basically began to run for the rest of the fight.
Donaire, was able to catch Rigondeaux in the 10th round, and sent him to the canvas, for the only knockdown of the fight but the Cuban boxer quickly returned to his feet and dominated the next two rounds. The final scores for the fight were 114-113, 115-112, 116-111.
This is Donaire's second loss of his career and first in his last thirty fights.With a baby on the way and no more title defenses for Donaire, I expect the rest of 2013 to be an off year, for the 2012 boxer of the year.