Nishioka Realizes The Danger and Skill of Nonito Donaire

At the opening ceremony for this week’s WBC Convention at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, highly-skilled junior featherweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka was spotted.

The classy Japan native is coming off of an impressive showing on October 1st over former champion and still-dangerous Rafael Marquez that saw him box effectively while showing off a wide array of skills. Nishioka captured a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand's Marquee Ballroom that night, netting the sixth defense of his belt while also putting himself in the running for a date with rising bantamweight champ Nonito Donaire later in the year.

At 36 years of age, Marquez may be a little worn after all of his wars, but he is still dangerous and Nishioka had to be on his toes at all times during their contest.

“I prepared for the fight really well, so it’s what I expected and I was able to fight my own fight,” Nishioka would state. “But, as I expected, Marquez was a very highly-technical fighter and very tough. He was a good fighter.”

Nishioka’s October showcase served as just his third appearance on U.S. soil but he noted that he has no issues returning to America for a meeting with Donaire.

Donaire was ringside for the Nishioka-Marquez scrap and seemed eager for the challenge.

“Nishioka has speed, that’s definitely true,” Donaire stated after the bout. “Not only that, he has power. He’s very powerful in both hands and that’s what we’ve got to do, is be tricky. Be more tricky than Marquez was today. Be smarter, be faster, and that definitely, when it comes to exchanges, I’ve got to be stronger and I know he’s willing to take exchanges as much as I’m willing to take exchanges.”

As far as his feelings towards Donaire’s ability as a fighter, Nishioka was a little more concise.

“He’s a great boxer. He has great countering ability and his footwork is very good,” Nishioka stated of the Fil-Am champion.

But just as I was trying to get Nishioka to open up more about such a bout, he pointed out that nothing is official as of yet.

“The fight hasn’t been finalized so I haven’t really put too much thought into it,” said Nishioka.

Donaire’s foray into the junior featherweight division looks like it will lead him to a February 4th contest against former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. If successful, the Nishioka matchup will surely draw interest again.

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected] and
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 12-14-2011

Donaire ain't that young either, as talented as he is and considering the opposition that lies at 118-126, he has the opportunity to enhance his legacy greatly, I wish he would have fought Nishioka instead...

Comment by cool-jupiter on 12-14-2011

So, Nishioka is the most interesting - and possibly the most lucrative - option for Donaire at the moment? That's great. Nishioka is running out of time and is hungry for a payday and a showdown with someone of Donaire's…

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 12-13-2011

[QUOTE=Elotero;11557531]Has WV2 even fought since losing to Arce? Im sure the Nonitards will call it an Epic match and give Nonito P4P #1 status once he wins. Because WV2 has WV genes in him, it means Nonito is actually better…

Comment by Elotero on 12-13-2011

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;11557059]See, this is who donaire should be fighting. **** that WV2 crap.[/QUOTE] Has WV2 even fought since losing to Arce? Im sure the Nonitards will call it an Epic match and give Nonito P4P #1 status once he wins. Because…

Comment by MJ223 on 12-13-2011

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;11557059]See, this is who donaire should be fighting. **** that WV2 crap.[/QUOTE] Def agree..... Wouldn't mind it if Nishioka wasn't available

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