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Rigondeaux shocks Donaire

Boxers Nonito Donaire, left, and Guillermo Rigondeaux pose

Boxers Nonito Donaire, left, and Guillermo Rigondeaux pose for photographers during the weigh in on Friday, April 12, 2013, in New York, for the upcoming fight. The pair square off on Saturday at Radio City Music Hall for Donaire's WBO and Rigondeaux's WBA Super World junior featherweight titles. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Credit: AP Photo Mary Altaffer)

Guillermo RIgondeaux, who defected from Cuba in 2009, scored a unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire before a sold out Radio City Music Hall on Saturday.

Rigondeaux, a southpaw, was the sharper, slicker boxer throughout the 12-round unifcation bout. He captured Donaire's WBO 122-pound title, while retaining his WBA belt. Donaire scored a knockdown in Round 10, but otherwise had no answer for the crafty southpaw.

Rigondeaux won two Olympic gold medals for Cuba, but was banned from the national team after a failed attempt to defect. He missed an opportunity to win a third gold medal in Beijing. 

The official scores of the fight were 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111, all for Rigondeaux. The Neutral Corner also scored it 116-111 for Rigondeaux.

"The people that know boxing saw that it was a very good fight, it was quality and I made him look the way he looked, which was bad, and I looked great," said Rigondeaux. "(I was) boxing and moving. He was frustrated and with one shot you just don’t win a fight.”

It was only the second time in the 82-year history of Radio City Music Hall that a fight had been staged at the venue. In 2000, Roy Jones Jr. beat David Telesco on the same stage.

Tags: Guillermo Rigondeaux , Nonito Donaire , Radio City Music Hall , Cuba

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