MANILA, Philippines – A boxing analyst believes Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire's tendency to hurt his left hand in his fights is becoming worrisome, even as he is coming off a stoppage victory over a tough opponent.
Donaire defeated Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka via a ninth-round technical knockout, and after the fight, he revealed that he sustained a cut in one of the knuckles of his left hand.
"Gonna get stitched up. This was opened during sparring and I know it was going to open up during the fight," Donaire tweeted.
For boxing analyst Atty. Ed Tolentino, Donaire's hand troubles have become worrisome.
"Kung may Achilles' heel, ito ay Achilles' fist for Nonito Donaire," Tolentino said on DZMM.
He pointed out that in his super bantamweight clash against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in February this year, Donaire also busted his left hand which affected his performance during the fight.
The blood from Donaire's left hand had seeped through the wraps. It was revealed that the blood was due to a busted vein, however, and not because of a broken bone as was initially feared.
"Naging problema ni Donaire 'yun kasi pumapasok na 'yung suntok ng kalaban, hindi niya mapalag," Tolentino explained.
"For all his skill, for all his hard-hitting prowess, ang kamao niya, medyo sensitive," he added.
Tolentino said he is concerned that Donaire's relatively fragile fists may end up cutting his boxing career short.
"Marami na tayong nakitang boksingero who were forced into early retirement because of fragile hands. Magiging issue ito kay Donaire," he said.
Moreover, Tolentino explained that while Donaire is listed as an orthodox (right-handed) fighter, he was actually born a southpaw (left-handed).
"'Yung kaliwa ni Donaire, 'yan ang kanyang power punch. 'Yan ang problema ni Donaire – that is his power punch, at 'yun ang laging nagiging issue," he said.
Tolentino said that Donaire's team should look for ways to mitigate the problem lest it causes more trouble in the boxer's future fights.