MANILA, Philippines – New World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire needs some time to heal his left hand, which he injured in his boxing match against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last Saturday in San Antonio (Sunday in Manila).
Donaire defeated Vazquez via a split decision, but he injured his left hand in the early rounds and he said this affected his offense in the later rounds.
“Kailangan kong mag-heal muna,” Donaire said.
The boxer had already injured his left hand earlier in his career, and he took around two to three months to recover from that particular injury.
He will not stop training, however, saying that he wants to remain in shape.
“Didiretso ako ng training kahit masakit. Ibang training na lang siguro, takbo or something,” Donaire said.
The boxer said he sustained the injury between the second and fourth rounds. “Hindi ko akalaing ganito mangyayari sa kamay ko, kaya hindi ako agresibo,” he said after the match.
“Minsan ko lang sinusuntok ‘yung left hook, but wala naman akong magagawa,” Donaire added.
Donaire’s coach, Robert Garcia, said his fighter put on a good performance despite the hand injury.
“He did what he had to do to win. I thought he won most of the rounds and I didn’t see it as a split decision,” Garcia said.
Donaire plans to stay at the super bantamweight division for some time and is targeting bouts against Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka.
“Kahit sino sa kanila. I want to fight them. Kailangan ko lang talagang mag-heal muna,” he said. – Report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News