ANOTHER FALLEN CHAMPION: DONAIRE YIELDS WORLD BOXING TITLE TO CUBAN


[Guillermo Rigondeaux, left, lands a punch on Nonito Donaire during a junior featherweight title boxing match at Radio City Music Hall in New York Sunday, April 14, 2013. Rigondeaux won on a unanimous twelve round decision. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)]

MACAU, APRIL 8, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Mark Giongco - 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.

Rigondeaux drew boos from the overflow crowd as he let Donaire chase him around the ring in the latter rounds. He was surprisingly the quicker fighter, though, as he is able to land significant shots including a straight left that doomed Donaire, who had a cut in his right eye.

Nonito Donaire vague on Conte split By Marc Anthony Reyes Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:18 am | Sunday, April 14th, 2013

NEW YORK CITY—Good and bad, Nonito Donaire Jr., can’t deny of distractions going into his fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

A few weeks before the fight, his long-time nutrition and condition coach Victor Conte left Team Donaire for reasons neither the reformed peddler of performance-enhancing drugs or the three-division champion bothered to explain.

When asked about it, Donaire said it’s “irrelevant to answer” at this stage and added that he gives “people a choice whether to join Team Donaire or not.”

Still, Donaire thanked Conte’s contribution to his team the past seven fights but added that the knowledge in nutrition and recovery “are all in my head right now.”

It was Conte who sponsored Donaire for a 24/7 testing under Voluntary Anti Doping Association, which gave the Filipino Flash the distinction of becoming the only professional boxer to undergo such rigid test.


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