No fractures found with Donaire’s left hand
By Chris Williams: Newly crowned WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire didn’t break his left hand in his win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last Saturday night, according to Steve Kim of maxboxing.com. Kim is reporting that Donaire’s wife, Rachel Donaire, says there were no fractures round during the medical check on Donaire’s left hand.
Donaire wasn’t able to hurt Vazquez Jr. at all and after the fight Donaire tore off his glove to show HBO cameras his injured left hand. I took this as being an excuse for why Donaire couldn’t even hurt Vazquez Jr., a fighter who Jorge Arce took care of two fights earlier in a 12th round TKO win last year. But looks like Donaire’s left hand is okay, and he just didn’t have the power to stop Vazquez Jr.
Here’s my take on all this: Donaire moved up in weight last weekend and faced a guy that really no business fighting for the vacant World Boxing Organization super bantamweight title. I mean, Vazquez Jr. just got knocked out and here is being given another shot to fight for a vacant title against Donaire?
They scouted out the perfect belt to go after because the WBO doesn’t have anyone any good ranked in their top 15. It’s all lesser guys. The WBC, IBF and WBA are the ones who have some quality fighters ranked. So Donaire had it perfectly set up for him to hit out of the park in facing the recently knocked out Vazquez Jr. instead of someone like Joseph Agbeko, Kiko Martinez, and Alexander Bakhtin. And the hand excuse. No, uh-uh. You got to come better than that.
Donaire just doesn’t have the power at super bantamweight and that’ll be shown when he takes on Toshiaki Nishioka and Guillermo Rigondeaux. I don’t count Jorge Arce, Donaire’s next opponent, as being a super bantamweight. He’s a bantamweight and whatever Donaire does with him, it won’t be what he’ll do against a real super bantamweight. The power just isn’t there. Donaire has good power at flyweight and super flyweight but once he goes past those weights, he’s more of an average puncher.
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