Last night the two best fighters in the junior featherweight division faced off, Nonito Donaire vs Guillermo Rigondeaux. A lot of viewers may have been upset with the fighters for not trading punches and making it pleasing to the eye. However, to hardcore boxing fans, it was a counter puncher chess match. While HBO’s Harold Lederman had the fight scored practically a shut out for Rigondeaux, I and some other boxing enthusiasts had it much closer. See my score card below.
From the beginning bell it was clear that Rigondeaux had the superior speed. Every time Donaire would catch Rigondeaux with a shot, Rigondeaux would return the favor and get the better of the exchange. Donaire did his best to get him to trade, but Rigondeaux sticked to his game plan, box. Some of you might wonder why I had the fight much closer than Lederman’s scorecards, but unlike a lot of judges, I look at and score for the one who is causing the action and last night that was Donaire. Rigondeaux did full sprints away from Donaire more than a few times, but that’s part of the game as much as some boxing fans may hate it.
With Donaire more than likely moving up in weight, this leaves the junior featherweight division with a supreme ruler, Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux may have all the belts but this fight did not help his case. Casual fans found him boring, that leaves him earning less money and less likely to get on TV. With all of that being said I don’t want to take anything away from Rigondeaux. He proved a lot of people wrong, me included. The Heavy Bag salutes you champ!
By Lucas Biggers