Top Rank boss Bob Arum earlier said that Nonito Donaire should train hard for his upcoming bout and the world-known boxing promoter had some basis for this statement.
Toshiaki Nishioka, who is regarded as one of the top boxers in the super bantamweight division, said on Monday that he is fired up for his upcoming showdown for Donaire’s WBO and IBF title on October 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
WBC emeritus champion Nishioka last fought in October, but the speedy Japanese confidently said that he is tip-top shape and fighting in Las Vegas won’t be problem for him.
“I’ve defended my title abroad; I’ve had a main event in Las Vegas against Mexico’s Rafael Marquez,” Nishioka said in a press conference in Tokyo. “I wouldn’t be motivated had it been an average fight.”
But despite his excitement and superb motivation for his upcoming bout, Nishioka knows how tough Donaire could be, knowing that the Filipino Flash is also excited to trade blows with him inside the ring.
“Donaire has a great reputation around the world and is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters,” Nishioka said. “He’s the one who I’ll be fired up for the most.”
Nishioka also admitted that he was devastated when news broke out the Donaire inked a deal to face Jorge Arce on October, but luckily for him, the negotiation broke down that led to the Japanese getting the nod of Top Rank.
After learning that a fight against Donaire has been sealed, Nishioka said that he felt a lot of excitement about the possibility of getting the WBC Diamond belt and Donaire’s WBO and IBF titles.
“If I can unify the three belts, that’s almost something like you see in comics. So I’m extremely excited about it,” Nishioka said.