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Donaire To Get Surgery on Shoulder, Talks 12th Round

By Ryan Maquiñana

In a Sunday interview with BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com, Nonito Donaire revealed that he would undergo surgery on his right shoulder after his unanimous decision defeat to Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night for the junior featherweight world championship.

“[The shoulder] hasn’t been feeling good for a while, so I’m going to get surgery on it, take some time off to be with Rachel and the baby, and then get back in the ring after that,” said Donaire, whose wife Rachel is pregnant with their first child, a boy they plan to name Jarel.

In his postfight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) indicated that he was going under the knife, but did not specify which shoulder would be treated until now.

Another pivotal moment in the fight was the emergence of a sizable welt under Donaire’s right eye in the 12th and final round.  From ringside, it appeared that a sharp left hand from Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) early in the frame was the culprit, but Donaire pondered whether the eye had already begun to swell before that.

“I definitely had trouble seeing out of my right eye,” Donaire said.  “I think I might have caught a thumb first, but those things happen.  That’s just part of a fight.  Give Rigondeaux credit.  He boxed well and did what he had to do to win.

“It’s hard to lead when you’re both counterpunchers.  I was headhunting, and I kind of fell in love with knocking him out because I wanted to give the fans that so bad.  I’m going to learn from this fight, go over it with my team, and I’m going to come back a better and stronger fighter.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 04-15-2013

It was a good fight. Donaire was head hunting to much and it cost him. It was not his night props to Rigondeaux on his victory. He proved me wrong and a lot of posters on here as well.

Comment by Cubanstyle on 04-15-2013

[QUOTE=Carpe Diem;13248471] Sore loser. :nonono::nonono:[/QUOTE] Pathetic excuses, now go up in weight and call Gamboa out like you said before you rather fight him than Rigo.

Comment by Frank Ducketts on 04-15-2013

Why belittle Donaire when Rigo was the one who is making you belittle Donaire?

Comment by waxfondler on 04-15-2013

[QUOTE=MrClutch85;13247152]Donaire was the main attraction he had no choice but take the lead force the action and go for the KO he did a poor job of cutting off the ring and setting up his punches[/QUOTE] i agree 100%, donaire…

Comment by ddangerous on 04-15-2013

I thought Donaire would get Rigo out of there with a left hook, and he did score the KD in the 10th with that punch, but Rigo showed up more prepared, and dominated every other minute of the fight. I…

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