Injury sidelines Donaire foe from boxing

Posted at 02/22/11 10:23 PM

A graphic illustration showing Fernando Montiel's injury.

MANILA, Philippines – It may take months before former world champion Fernando Montiel steps into a boxing ring again.

The hairline fracture sustained by the Mexican after he received a powerful left hook from now bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is no joke, according to a medical expert.

"Para magkaroon ka ng hair line fracture sa jaw para kang sinipa ng kalabaw diyan na napakalakas,” said Dr. Benito Calderon, who works for the University Medical Center (UMC) in Las Vegas where Montiel was momentarily confined.

Calderon explained that Montiel will have difficulty chewing food because of the fracture.

Aside from the hairline fracture in the jaw, the former champion also sustained a severe rib injury because of a series of body punches from Donaire.

Top Rank Inc., which prompted the Donaire-Montiel fight, said the Mexican is still experiencing headaches because of the shot he received from the Filipino Flash.

After undergoing a series of physical test at the UMC, Montiel headed back home to his native Mexico to continue recuperating.

It was earlier reported that Montiel will have to undergo plastic surgery because of his injury.

Donaire snatched the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crowns from Montiel via 2nd-round technical knockout victory.

The Filipino Flash stunned Montiel with a looping left hook to the face that sent the Mexican crashing down the canvas just a minute left in the second round.

Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire in action.

The dazed Montiel tried to get up but fell again.

When he got up, the referee gave him another chance to exchange with Donaire.

But the Filipino boxer quickly fired a quick one-two combination against defenseless Montiel, prompting the referee to stop the fight and award the victory to Donaire.

Donaire said the counter left hook he unleashed to Montiel was probably the biggest and harder punch he threw in his career.

“Ang ginawa ko lang ay i-set up iyung punch….proper balance, proper speed,” said Donaire, who is now seen by analysts as boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao’s heir apparent.

He said his left hand hurts. “Actually, sumasakit ito eh. Na-feel ko it’s swelling.”

Donaire added that he was surprised to see his opponent getting up from the blow.

“Akala ko, hindi na tatayo si Montiel, but being a champion that he is, it was a normal reaction niya na to stand up and be proud of who he is.”

Veteran referee Carlos “Sonny” Padilla, meanwhile, said the referee should have stopped the fight during Montiel's first knockdown.

Padilla said Montiel was really disoriented during the knockdown because the punch that hit him landed near his temple.

"’Yung gumagapang bumagsak ulit dun dapat ini-stop. Nung tumayo nga tapos finallow-upan ng left and right, tinamaan,” he said. -- With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

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