Nonito Donaire Could Fight Arce Before Nishioka Battle
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Japan’s WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka pounded out an impressive twelve round unanimous decision over former two division champion Rafael Marquez, brother of WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
It was a good fight but the Japanese southpaw finished aggressively to win on the scorecards of all three judges, 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who had earlier told us he had an agreement for the winner of the Nishioka-Marquez title fight to face Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire who wants to move up to super bantamweight after successfully defending his WBC/WBO bantamweight title against undefeated Omar Andres Narvaez at New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 22, early next year.
However, in an interview with boixngscene.com/philboxing.com/insidesports.ph shortly after Nishioka won, Arum said the planned Donaire-Nishioka fight will not happen as earlier planned for mid-January and that “probably Nishioka won’t fight Donaire until May or June because he wants to take a rest.”
Arum said “This will give Donaire an opportunity to have two fights before he fights Nishioka.”
Arum was clearly impressed by the Japanese champion. He said “I think Nishioka is a very, very tough guy to fight and he is very good.”
The Top Rank promoter raised the possibility of Donaire fighting WBO super bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce.
Arum said the Mexican warrior had agreed to fight Donaire and this could be the fight before the showdown with Nishioka.
arce first the nishioka......not a bad line up for nonito....he ko's both in my opinion....just to much speed and ring IQ....Comment by johncods on 10-02-2011
Good fights! WAR Nonito!!Comment by MJ223 on 10-02-2011
Glad after the time he missed they plan on keeping him busy but Arce after Narvaez???Comment by BoxerDood on 10-02-2011
Donaire would destroy Arce, but its a good way to start off at 122 and he has a title. Make it happen!Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 10-02-2011
Nonito and Arce were in the Marquez fight having a friendly conversation. Looks like they were setting up the fightPost a Comment - View More User Comments (18)