Photo Credits: Chris Farina – Top Rank
On Monday, Top Rank released these assorted pictures of WBO and IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire’s arrival in Los Angeles for Saturday’s championship match against Toshiaki Nishioka. What I want you to pay close attention to is Nonito’s left hand and the wrapping around the knuckle above his index finger.
Minor injuries during training camp are not uncommon, but this appears to be a recurring problem. In February, Donaire stated he was in excruciating pain during the last rounds of his win over Wilfredo Vazquez due to bad swelling on his left hand. When he took the glove off, his hand was also bloody from a burst vein. X-rays would later be negative for any fractures, but Donaire still took 3-4 weeks to recover.
Did he suffer the same injury heading into Saturday night? The hand is visibly bruised and there’s a possibility it’ll be aggravated further once Nonito starts working that left hook.
It may be nothing serious, but Nishioka is no pushover and things may get interesting if Donaire’s suffers similar hand problems Saturday night.