Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum declared on Tuesday’s press conference that upcoming showdown between Nonito Donaire (29-1-0, 18KOs) and Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24KOs) will be one for the books.
Reigning WBO and IBF super bantamweight champion Donaire will be defending his title and will also try to add the WBC Diamond Belt to his collection when he face Nishioka on October 13 at the Home Depot Center in California.
With both fighters considered as the top contenders in the super bantamweight division, Arum is expecting an action-packed showdown – a real classic match.
“This super bantamweight championship match is a real classic,” Arum said. “Not only is it of great interest to fight fans in the United States, but also fight fans all around and especially in Asia. You have a Filipino-born champion and Japanese-born champion. That and of itself makes for a classic matchup.”
While Donaire is the slightly-favored fighter, Arum also cited the impressive credentials of Nishioka, who has not lost in a span of eight years that includes his impressive win over Rafael Marquez, which was described by Arum as the fight that showed how terrific Nishioka is.
Arum also threw praises for Donaire, whom he described as one of the better champions of this generation and is continuously getting better and better, making him one of the most promising fighters for years to come.
“Donaire has had such a distinguished career,” Arum proudly said. “He’s earned his way up the pound-for-pound rankings. He’s a 122-lb champion and keeps getting better and better.”
For his part, Donaire admitted that he is expecting a tough night on October 13 because he believes Nishioka is the best in the division, but nothing will stop his desire of becoming an undisputed champion.
Aside from the Donaire-Nishioka title showdown, the fight card will also co-feature the much-anticipated clash between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, which is being dubbed as a Fight of the Year material.