Nonito Donaire is recovering well from the mysterious injury that resulted in the blood-soaked hand wrap revealed following Saturday night’s split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., leading many to speculate that Donaire had broken his hand during the fight.
An MRI this week has revealed no breaks, but rather Donaire (28-1, 18 knockouts) bled through a ruptured vein in his left hand while facing Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KOs), according to Donaire’s manager, Cameron Dunkin.
“Nonito’s hand’s good. There are no breaks. He cut a vein, and what happened is that the vein was rubbing against the wrap inside of his gloves, and the vein swelled up into a blood blister and it popped,” said Dunkin.
“According to his doctor, that caused a lot of pain. So that’s what happened. But luckily, there are no breaks.”
Dunkin said Donaire told him he thought the injury happened “somewhere in the second-through-fourth rounds,” but that he needed to “watch the tape, and then he’ll know when he did it.”
“He’s already been using it for a couple of days, typing on the internet and everything,” said Dunkin.
“In a few weeks, it should be fine, and then he’s going to start excercising and strengthening the tendons with hand excercises, and he should be ready to go in May or June.”
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has mentioned former WBO junior featherweight beltholder Jorge Arce, of Mexico, WBC junior featherweight titleholder Toshiaki Nishioka, of Japan, and WBA junior featherweight beltwinner Guillermo Rigondeaux as potential opponents for Donaire.
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