Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire suffered an injury during his 10-round featherweight showdown against Armenian Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan yesterday in Texas.
Donaire overcame a sluggish start and eventually knocked out Darchinyan in the ninth round – but not before contemplating giving up sometime in the middle of the fight.
“When he hit me in the cheek, I felt like he broke my cheek. Part of my mind was like, ‘Is this it for me? I’m losing the fight. Should I keep going?’” Donaire said. “But I put my heart into it, and you know what, I will never ever quit.”
Donaire revealed to "Umagang Kay Ganda" on Monday that he had sustained an orbital fracture in the fifth round.
“Na-injure kasi ako sa fight, sa fifth round. Natamaan ako sa cheek. Orbital fracture ang sabi ng doctor,” explained Donaire.
But Donaire said he drew strength and inspiration from his fellow Filipinos, thousands of whom are dealing with the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.
“Parang ang sakit kasi sa mukha. Lumabas sa isipan ko na baka, ‘okay na lang, okay na lang.’ Pero sabi ko sa sarili ko na hindi ko pwedeng magawa talaga na sumuko,” he said.
“Sabi ko sa sarili ko na, ‘I have to do this.’ Hindi lang ito sa sarili ko. Wala ito kumpara sa lahat ng nangyari d’yan,” he added.
Donaire was trailing on two of the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
He plans to rest for a while but will fly to the Philippines if given a medical clearance.