By Adam Matson October 17th, 2012 All Ringside Boxing
Going into 2012, one bout near the top of every boxing fan's wishlist was for young pound for pound stalwart Nonito Donaire to take on Japanese veteran Toshiaki Nishioka.
It had been a combined 19 years since either fighter had last lost and hopes were high for the competitive matching of a couple elite 122 pound fighters.
From the get-go, Nishioka was cautious of the vaunted left hook of the bigger Donaire. Keeping his lead right hand pressed up against the side of his face, Nishioka gave himself no shot at having the competent jab needed to have even marginal success.
After the brutality of the co-main event, the chess match of the main event drew constant boos from the crowd.
Donaire tried repeatedly to invite Nishioka to open up, but the 34 year old champion seemed wary of the superior speed, power and reflexes of his challenger. Bouncing in and out firing jabs and right hands, the bout was a one way street in favor of Donaire.
As the hostilities of the crowd grew, Nishioka did nothing to change the fan's negative perception of the bout. At least not until the sixth round, when a lead left uppercut dropped the Japanese man.
Nishioka actually showed signs of life after the knockdown, pressing Donaire into the ropes but taking counters for his efforts. Nishioka reverted to his previous form in the next two rounds and the fight finally came to a close in the ninth, when he pressed the attack and took a stiff counter right hand for his troubles.
As Nishioka attempted to regain his upright position, his corner decided that they had seen enough and forced referee Raul Caiz to call a halt to the bout at the 1:54 mark.
It was an extremely impressive victory for the man dubbed the "Filipino Flash" but will unfortunately be salted by his opponent's unwillingness to engage.
Still, it was another notch on an increasingly impressive resume for one of the most talented young fighters in boxing. More...