By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Dethroned WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is undergoing rehabilitation and recovering well following surgery to repair two tears on his tendons and a bone spur that he said was “floating in my joint.”
In an interview with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard, Donaire said - “I’m good. The surgery went well. We needed to get that done.”
He said Dr. Shabi Kahn a sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, “did a really amazing job” in his clinic last weekend and that he “felt great” but that right now “the most important thing is waiting for the baby. I’m very excited about that and feel very good.”
Wife Rachel is expecting their first child, a son, around July 21 and Donaire’s focus is on their first born and not on boxing, at least for the moment.
However, he told us - “I want to be one hundred percent going into the ring next time around. I’ll give it eight weeks of rehab right now and then begin workouts.”
Asked about Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s plan for him to move up in weight and possibly face Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in Puerto Rico later in the year, Donaire said “If they make that happen that would be good but first things first, I need to heal up.”
However, Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia told the Standard - “I honestly believe Nonito should stay at 122 pounds where he’s best.”
At the same time he indicated that the manager of his younger brother and WBO champion Mikey Garcia – Cameron Dunkin - had told him that Mikey may face “Juanma” Lopez “possibly in June” or No. 1 contender Orlando Cruz. “Juanma” Lopez also won over the weekend scoring a 2nd round knockout over Eugenio Lopez in Mexico City.
Garcia believes Donaire - “is in a good position to fight Terrazas” - the newly-crowned WBC super bantamweight champion who won the title relinquished by Abner Mares who moved up to featherweight and will face WBC champion Daniel Ponce De Leon for the title on May 4 in Las Vegas.
Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas won a close split decision over former WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares in Mexico City on Saturday. Judge Fernando Barboza scored it for Terrazas 114-113 along with Nathan Palmer 115-112 while Cathy Leonard had it for Mijares 114-113.
“Trainer of the Year” Garcia made it clear however, that he doesn’t interfere in the choice of opponents stating “ that’s Cameron Dunkin’s job and Nonito and Rachael. I don’t get involved but that’s my take.”