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Mathebula Undergoes Surgery, Donaire Wishes Him Well

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Former International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula has successfully undergone surgery in South Africa for a broken jaw.

Mathebula’s jaw was broken as a result of the lethal punches of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in their unification title fight at Home Depot Center in Carson City, California last July 7 in which Donaire dropped the IBF champion with a vicious left hook en route to a comfortable unanimous twelve round decision.

Mathebula’s well-known  promoter Branco Milenkovic told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that Mathebula “has two plates in his jaw and will be out of the gym for two months.”

Ringside doctors who examined Mathebula after the fight said he had a broken tooth but Milenkovic said “the pain persisted when he returned to South Africa” and X-Rays showed  Mathebula’s jaw was broken.

Mathebula’s awkward style and his five inch height and reach advantage frustrated Donaire in whct Milenkovic described as “a bruising fight against one of the leading fighters in the world.”  He said the former IBF champion deserved credit for continuing to fight with a broken jaw.

Donaire in the meantime is on a three-day visit to Japan after which he will return to the Philippines to shoot a Visayan movie somewhere in the province of Laguna.

He sent us a message for Mathebula from Tokyo in which Donaire said “I want to send my prayers and best wishes to Mathebula for a speedy recovery. He proved to have the heart of a champion both inside and outside the ring. South Africa should be proud to have a warrior with such heart  and determination. I would like to ask everyone to include him and his family in their prayers.”

The four division world champion is scheduled to battle Mexican warrior Jorge “Travieso’ Arce at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 20.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by !BEAST on 07-25-2012

[QUOTE=Double_L;12370358]Wow wtf, didn't even know he had a broken jaw, all I heard was a cracked tooth. Guess I missed the post-fight article. It's funny cause the announcers suspected it was a broken jaw in the 11th round, then right…

Comment by Double_L on 07-25-2012

Wow wtf, didn't even know he had a broken jaw, all I heard was a cracked tooth. Guess I missed the post-fight article. It's funny cause the announcers suspected it was a broken jaw in the 11th round, then right…

Comment by komandante on 07-25-2012

Mathebula will have a new metal jaw instead of a glass jaw from Khan.."peeleft:

Comment by dirty fingers on 07-25-2012

Mathebula put up a good fight. I hope he has a speedy recovery. [QUOTE=New England;12369737]good for mathebooloo for fighting so bravely with a broken jaw. mathebala matheboola whatever else roy wants to call him[/QUOTE] looooooool Roy was struggling with that…

Comment by Hindsight 20/10 on 07-25-2012

Arce was not one of the names that Donaire called out so I don't know at the F*UCK Donaire is doing? I guess he's spending too much time withe Arum, and is learning about saying one thing but doing another.…

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