Newly-crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. suffered a minor foot injury on Friday (Saturday in US) after winning over Mexican Cesar Juarez via unanimous decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Donaire’s father and trainer “Dodong” said that his son had accidentally stepped on referee’s foot during fourth round of the bout with Suarez that sprained his left foot.
But Donaire was still able to continue and win the fight.
“Everything was fine except in the fourth round when he stepped at referee’s foot,” Donaire Sr. told The Manila Times via overseas call Sunday (Saturday in US). “He performed very well our game was followed accordingly.”
“His opponent was also durable and still stood up even Donaire landed a lot of crisp punches all-throughout the match,” he added. “Donaire went slow after fourth round because of what happened, but he still won it.”
“I guess he is just going to take a few days of rest.”
Donaire, 33, who improved to 36-3 win-loss record with 23 knockouts, will go home to Manila on December 17 to spend the holidays.
“He told me that he will start training there in the Philippines while in vacation.”