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.