The stakes got higher for Nonito Donaire (29-1-0, 18KOs) and Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24KOs) after World Boxing Council decided to sanction their showdown for the vacant WBC super bantamweight Diamond Belt, a report from Boxing Scene confirmed.
Aside from the WBC Diamond Belt, Donaire’s World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation super bantamweight weight titles and the Ring Magazine title will also be at stake in his upcoming fight against Nishioka on October 13 at the Home Depot Center in California.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum is expecting an explosive showdown, saying that Donaire should train very hard because he could be facing his biggest challenge, citing admiration to the experienced Japanese slugger.
“Donaire’s probably fighting the toughest fight of his career against long time Japanese champion Toshiaki Nishioka, who is a wonderful fighter,” said Arum in an interview with ABS-CBN news.
Nishioka, who is a former WBC bantamweight and super bantamweight champion and was also cited as WBC Emeritus champion earlier this year, has fought in big fights before, including a masterful win against Rafael Marquez, which is considered as the highlight of his career.
“I think he hasn’t lost a fight in 7 years. Donaire has to be in shape or it would be a long night for him,” said Arum on Nishioka, who also defeated Jhonny Gonzales and Mauricio Javier Munoz before.
Donaire, on the other hand, is also coming from string of impressive victories, including his dominating win over former South African champion Jeffrey Mathebula in their title-unification bout last month.
The Donaire-Nishioka fight card will co-feature the title showdown of WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 23KOs) and Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23KOs), who coming from contrasting victories.
Alvarado dominated Mauricio Herrera in his previous bout, scoring a unanimous decision win, while Rios escaped with a highly-controversial win over Richard Abril last April.