Nonito Donaire is recovering from shoulder surgery following his April 13 loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux, and says he's focused now on the arrival of his first child in July.
Donaire also says he'll undergo eight weeks of rehab before working out again. The 30-year-old former three-division champ is open to a proposed fight with Juan Manuel Lopez, but trainer Robert Garcia says he thinks Donaire (31-2, 20 KO) should return at 122, and possibly fight for the WBC title, recently won by Victor Terrazas.
A rematch with Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO) certainly isn't out of the question, but he might want to get a bounce-back fight in before that, too. Vic Darchinyan, recently added to the Top Rank stable, is another possibility, as the volatile Armenian and Donaire have negotiated for a rematch several times since Donaire upset Vic in 2007, with the fight never coming through. Now, it would be quite easy to get done.
Whatever Donaire does when he returns, that won't come until late this year at the earliest. He's stated several times that he plans to take a break to be with wife Rachel and their baby, and that plan hasn't changed. The surgery, in some ways, couldn't have come at a better time, given his already intended vacation from boxing.