Wednesday, February 8, 2012

No Worry, Docs Clear Donaire

source: Nick Giongco | The Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Nonito Donaire's timetable to fight as often as he could this year is right on track.

A few days after becoming a four-division world champion, Donaire had his left hand examined by experts in Los Angeles and the MRI yielded negative results.

“No fractures or broken bones,” Donaire said in his Twitter account.

Donaire sustained the injury during his masterful 12-round win over Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, over the weekend, enabling Donaire's American manager Cameron Dunkin to tell the Bulletin that his ward can get back to active competition as originally planned against Jorge Arce of Mexico in Las Vegas or Los Angeles in May.

“He was told to rest his hand for two to three weeks,” Dunkin said.

Donaire displayed extraordinary courage despite the painful injury in the hopes of scoring a knockout victory over Vazquez, who had vowed to put the pressure on the Filipino-American in the runup to the fight.

Instead of fulfilling his promise, Vazquez opted to alter his gameplan and was on the defensive most of the time, probably afraid to get hit and suffer the same fate as that of Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel.

If victorious against the rugged Arce, Donaire plans to bang bodies with Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan and Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba in the second half of the year.