MANILA, Philippines – World super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire is planning to see a specialist after sustaining a cut on his left hand following his victory over Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka last Saturday in California.
Donaire defeated Nishioka via a ninth-round technical knockout to solidify his place as the top boxer in the weight class. But after the bout, he revealed that he sustained a cut on the knuckle of the index finger of his left hand.
"When I hit Nishioka with that left uppercut, I probably (re-opened the cut) there," Donaire said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
Donaire had hit Nishioka with an uppercut in the sixth round which sent the Japanese boxer to the canvas for the first time in the fight.
"I'm probably going to see a specialist to see what to do about it because this problem keeps happening," Donaire said. "I had to get about nine to 11 stitches on it."
Donaire also sustained a hand injury following his split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last February.
"I hope this is something that can be fixed," he said. "But either way, I'm a fighter, and this is just part of the sport."
Boxing analyst Atty. Ed Tolentino said that Donaire's hand troubles are worrisome, especially since the injuries keep happening on his left hand.
"Kung may Achilles' heel, ito ay Achilles' fist for Nonito Donaire," Tolentino said on DZMM last Saturday.
"Marami na tayong nakikitang boksingero who were forced into early retirement because of fragile hands. Magiging issue ito para kay Donaire," he added.