NEW YORK – Guillermo Rigondeaux was a loser even on the night he scored the most significant victory of his professional career.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist raised his record to 12-0 Saturday by outboxing Nonito Donaire in their super bantamweight championship match. Judge John Stewart had it 114-113. Tom Schreck scored it 115-112 and Julie Lederman had it 116-111. Yahoo! Sports scored it 114-113 for Rigondeaux, matching Stewart's card in every round.
After the fight, standing defiantly with his belts draped over his shoulders and his hands on his hips, Rigondeaux proclaimed himself a legend.
"I'm a Hall of Famer at 12-0," Rigondeaux exclaimed.
Few agreed with him. The sellout crowd of 6,145 at Radio City Music Hall booed lustily throughout, unhappy with Rigondeaux's defensive wizardry. Rigondeaux spun, ducked, danced and made Donaire look bad repeatedly in winning a unanimous decision.
Asked why the crowd booed, Rigondeaux beamed.
"I was the matador and heRead More »from The loss column: Beating Nonito Donaire won't do much for Guillermo Rigondeaux's popularity