Nishioka, 39-4-3, with 24 KO’s, will be putting his WBC super-bantamweight title, the belt he has held since the beginning of 2009, on the line whilst Donaire, 29-1-0 with 18 KO’s, will be adding his recently acquired WBO and IBF belts to the table.
Donaire has spent the past five years moving up through the weight divisions, from flyweight to super flyweight, super flyweight to bantam, bantam to super bantam, winning belts in each weight division, he has beat
Donaire is a great fighter, well-schooled and an excellent mover, he can punch, he is tough and likes a bit of a tear up now and again, he’s great to watch and his counter left hook is a screamer.
His last four or five fights have been against good opposition, better than good, excellent in fact. He struggled slightly with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, going the distance, but he still got the win and dropped Vazquez in the ninth.
Nishioka is a very experienced super bantam; this will be his eighth defence of his belt.
A quick southpaw that can be in and out like a shot, Rafael Marquez had trouble tagging him with anything hurtful and Marquez is no mug.
Rendall Munroe also had a crack but couldn’t put any hurt on him. Nishioka, like Donaire, is also very good at doing what he does but unlike Donaire, he has his game plan and he sticks to it, good luck trying to get Nishioka involved in an all-out war.
He will try and make Donaire think he wants to trade and then he will move out of range before anything comes in return…unless he thinks he hurts you, and then he fires on all cylinders!
He does this, perfectly, for twelve rounds.
And although they both tend to be in entertaining fights, Donaire too, has his technical side that can’t be ignored, and if he starts getting caught when he opens up he will start counter punching as well and then we end up with a counter-off, and the action could start to die a bit.
I am torn, this could either be a bit of a stinker; Donaire in all his ability equally matches Nishiokas consummate professionalism, or Donaire looks explosive and blows him away in the first few rounds because sometimes…he just looks pure class.