Doniare eager to face Nishioka

Nonito Donaire’s left hook has become one of the most
feared punches in boxing, and has helped him rise to near the top
of every major pound-for-pound ranking. After scoring the Knockout
of the Year over Fernando Montiel and winning the major titles at
118-lbs (Bantamweight), he moved up to 122-lbs (Super
Bantamweight). Donaire is looking forward to becoming the
undisputed man of the division and he can take a big step towards
that when he faces Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka on Saturday
night.

“This is the fight I’ve wanted,” he said.
“I believe he’s been the best in the division. Camp has
been going great, and we’re prepared for this
fight.”

This is also a bit of a role reversal. Donaire has been calling
for this Nishioka fight for some time now. On the flip side,
Donaire’s status in the rankings has him as one of the more
regularly called out fighters in the division, a distinction he
does not mind.

“It’s great. People are trying to get to where you
are. As long as we can get the negotiations worked out, I’ll
fight anyone.”

Donaire has fought all kinds of fighters, from more aggressive
guys like Vic Darchinyan to the much taller Jeffrey Mathebula in
his last fight. He says he sparred taller, bigger guys in
preparation for this fight. Nishioka is roughly the same size as
Donaire, but will present some other challenges.

“He’s a very experience fighter, said Donaire,
“Power, we know he has that. One thing he will try to do is
land the straight and that is difficult to do against me. Aside
from that, I haven’t seen any tape that he can do damage
with. He did great against [Rafael] Márquez, but Márquez
is a lot slower than me. A lot of those punches won’t land
with me with power. But we are very worried and very mindful of
that advantage he has.”

That this is a main event on HBO shows the drawing power Donaire
has. The lighter divisions are typically not featured as much, but
his exciting style where one punch can end a fight at any time, has
him positioned as one of the sport’s rising stars.

“It’s great. It’s good for boxing to showcase
the little guys, and the effort they give and we’re going to
make it an exciting fight. It’s motivation for me.”