finally caught a break, but in a good way.
WEC bantamweight champion tweeted Tuesday that, despite an
initial self-diagnosis, he did not suffer a broken right hand in
132 victory over Takeya
Mizugaki on Saturday night. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with
the fighter shortly after the Twitter posting.
According to Bowles, he may have sustained an injury to a tendon,
but his hand was not broken. Bowles said his doctor gave him a
cream to rub into his hand and instructed him to refrain from
throwing power punches. The fighter will revisit with his physician
in about two weeks for an update.
Bowles revealed to his corner during the rest period before the
third round of his bout with Mizugaki that he thought he had broken
his hand. It is unknown exactly when the injury took place, but it
may have occurred during an exchange in which Bowles caught a leg
kick and cracked Mizugaki with a solid straight right hand. Bowles
would go on to walk away from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas with a unanimous decision victory, his second straight
The onetime champ has had trouble with his right paw before,
breaking it during his first and only WEC title defense against
Cruz in March 2010. Bowles was forced to retire after the
second round of their WEC 47 contest due to a broken right hand,
making Cruz the new champion. The loss to Cruz marks the only time
Bowles has tasted defeat as a professional.
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