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Guillermo Rigondeaux remained undefeated by beating Nonito Donaire by a unanimous decision in their world title junior featherweight fight Saturday, handing the Filipino his first loss in 12 years.
Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Rigondeaux recovered nicely from an earlier knockdown to win the 12-round bout on all three judges' scorecards, 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111.
Rigondeaux retained his WBA junior featherweight crown and improved to 12-0 with eight knockouts. He also took Donaire's WBO version of the belt.
The 32-year-old Rigondeaux, who defected from Cuba two years ago, went down from left in the 10th round but became the aggressor in the 12th, opening up a cut near Donaire's eye at the Radio City Music Hall venue.
Donaire came into the bout riding a brilliant 30-fight win streak. The 30-year-old Donaire dropped to 31-2 with 20 knockouts.
Donaire's only previous loss was March 10, 2001 in his second pro fight.
Rigondeaux pushed the action for much of the fight, landing 129 of 396 total punches compared to 82 of 352 for the Filipino.
Donaire delivered a left hook that floored Rigondeaux in the opening minute of the 10th round, while the Cuban connected on a hard left that stunned Donaire early in the 12th and opened a cut over his right eye.
Donaire fought the rest of the fight with his glove up high to protect that side of his face.