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


“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


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.”