Donaire Confident He is Stronger, Faster Than Nishioka

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles - Earlier today, WBO/IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire and Japan's WBC Diamond Belt champion and champion emeritus Toshiaki Nishioka easily made the weight for their eagerly awaited title showdown at the Home Depot Center in Carson City, California.

Donaire told ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo and this reporter that "if I can get a knockout, I'll take it. But I don't like to make predictions. A win is the most important for me in this fight because we know Nishioka is a talented fighter."

Donaire said that looking at Nishioka "I know he is really ready so we are ready for anything. We are looking at his speed and he's going to come in. It could be a very diverse fight depending on what type of style and strategy we come up with inside the ring."

Donaire who turns 30 on November 16 stressed that "I feel much quicker (than Nishioka who is nicknamed 'speed king'). I'm younger and I've always  been  faster than my previous opponents and I believe I am faster this time again. I have the power which is stronger than his."

Valcarcel described Donaire as "the shining star" but that Nishioka is also a great fighter with lots of experience and their showdown promises to be a very close and exciting bout.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told us Nishioka "is the toughest opponent Nonito has ever faced and he knows that and he's prepared to fight."

Arum indicated "it will be a really good technical fight with a lot of action. These are two really technically proficient fighters and they are going to fight like masters. In other words a lot of good punches, a lot of skill shown and its not going to be just a brawl, its going to be what boxing is all about."

The Top Rank promoter said he was "surprised at the number of Japanese [fans]. We have discovered that apparently these are not Japanese who are living in the United States by and large but they are Japanese who have come from all over Japan so that's really heartening to see Nishioka with a fan base like he has." Standard learned that Donaire's IBF belt won't be at stake since the organization was asking the fighter to pay a substantial sanction fee.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Realizniguhnit on 10-13-2012

Donaire didn't LOOK stronger at the weigh in, Nishoka seemed to have more bone density and a stronger core.. probably goes the distance we're about to find out just how good Donaire really is

Comment by Mighty_Windir on 10-13-2012

I like Nishioka but Donaire has this.

Comment by Sheppirino on 10-13-2012

[QUOTE=Chinaski;12599132]donire by KO rnd 1..[/QUOTE] :lol1: You're underestimating Nishioka a little too much if you really think that. This is going to be a good one. Donaire may win this but he's going to have a fight on his hands.…

Comment by sugar555 on 10-13-2012

i've never been so sure that a fighter would win a fight than this one.

Comment by Bretty Poy32 on 10-12-2012

donire by KO rnd 1..

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