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Rigoneaux Shocks Donaire In New York

Guillermo Rigondeaux produced the upset of the year so far at the Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night when he survived a 10th round knockdown to out-point Nonito Donaire over 12 rounds to unify the WBO and WBA super bantamweight titles.


In grueling battle it was the less fancied Guillermo Rigondeaux that proved his mettle by hanging in there and proving his stamina and chin were just that little bit stronger on the night.


Speaking after the fight a delighted Rigondeaux said: "As I told you before I would do my job and I did it, I made him look bad. You saw it – moving, boxing. You can’t win by landing one shot, Donaire’s an excellent fighter but you cannot win a fight with one shot."


Rigondeaux made a positive start, frustrating Donaire But the fourth round, Donaire worked out his foe and rocked him with a clubbing right hand near the end of the round.


To start the 10th round, Donaire knew was behind on the cards and rushed Rigondeaux, who slipped to the canvas. Moments later Donaire decked Rigondeaux with a well-timed short left hand.


At the end of 12 rounds the scores were 116-111,115-112 and 114-113 for Rigondeaux.



Felix Verdejo 131 ½, San Juan, PR, 4-0 (3 KOs), overpowered Steve Gutierrez 130, Ft. Worth, TX, 4-4-1 (2 KOs), pounding him to the canvas with a hard right to the head that had him in dire straits.  He beat the count and did not look good as the fight continued, but not for long.  Verdejo come in swinging and Gutierrez went down hard. This time referee Steve Willis ended it at 1::51 of round one.


Sean Monaghan 176, Long Beach, NY, 18-0 (11 KOs), needed but a round to send Rex Stanley 177, Kansas City, MO, 11-5 (5 KOs), home early.  Monaghan came out strong but not wild.  He was looking for his spot and he found it in a corner.  He put over two rights that dumped Stanley who got to his feet in bad shape prompting referee Dock to stop the fight at 1:51 of the first.


Glen Tapia, 154 ½, Passaic, NJ, 18-0 (10 KOs), out worked Joseph de los Santos 153, Bayamon, PR, 13-12-3 (6 KOs), to take an eight round unanimous decision by a score of 80-72, from all three judges.  Willis refereed.


Jesse Hart, 169, Philadelphia, PA, 6-0 (5 KOs), punched to hard for Marlon Farr, 170, Zepher Hills, FL, 2-3 (0 KOs), and forced Farr to go on defense until Hart landed a crushing right that dropped  him along the ropes.  Up and more hurt than he realized, Hart came forward with both hands firing punches that had Farr out before he was down. Referee Mercante stopped it at1:33 of round three.


Every time Toka Kahn Clary, 131, Providence, RI, 5-0 (4 KOs), touched Gadiel Andulez, 131 ½, San Juan, PR, 4-5-1 (2 KOs), the Puerto Rican went down, or so it seemed.  First a flurry had him down; then a right did the trick.  When he got up he was met with another an hit the canvas for a third time at 1: 32 of the opening round.  Dock refereed.


Tyler Canning, 150, Lander, WY, 2-1 (0 KOs), fought well and struggled to victory over Dario Soccia,153, New York, NY, 2-1 (0 KOs), by landing more often and when he did land they were the more effective blows.  The decision was split, 39-37, twice for Canning and once for Soccia.  Harvey Dock refereed.


Erick DeLeon, 131 ½, Detroit, MI, 3-0 (1 KO), kept up the pressure throwing power shots to head and body for four rounds to take a unanimous decision over fellow lefty, Diamond Baier, 131 ½, Phoenix, AZ,  2-5-1 (0 KOs).  DeLeon staggered his opponent in the fourth and final frame. The scores were 40-36 twice and 40-34 all for DeLeon.  Steve Willis refereed.  


Mikael Zewski 148 ½, Canada, 19-0 (15 KOs), stalked journeyman Daniel Sostre, 147, New York, NY, finally catching him with a stiff jab followed by a hard left hook that dropped Sostre.  Up and hurt he took a pounding before going down again.  This time it was for the ten count.  Time of the KO was 49 seconds of round two.  Arthur Mercante refereed.


April 13, 2013



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