Donaire, whose last three fights ended in a decision, reiterated that he will move heaven and earth to score a knockout victory on October 13 in California, but he will take a decision win once again, knowing how tough the veteran Japanese fighter is.
“We have been fighting the fights and getting the victories and I think that’s what counts most,” said Donaire, who holds a 29-1 record with 18KOs. “These guys I have been fighting are world champions and they are at the top of their game. Sometimes you don’t get the results that people look for. People expect a lot from me. We have been trying to change things up to get different results”
The 36-year-old Japanese has not fought for more than a year since defeating Rafael Marquez last year, but Donaire knows that he can’t take the Nishioka lightly, recognizing that theveteran fighter can easily get his rhythm back.
“Definitely with Nishioka we can’t let our guard down. Nishioka is a tough guy but we have a great plan going into this fight,” Donaire said. “I’m not pushing or asking for the knockout. I want him to do what he has done in training and he has looked good in training.”
Nishioka has not been knocked out since his second professional bout in 1995 against Masahiko Nakamura, but Donaire’s camp believe that the “Filipino Flash” has a good chance of scoring a knockout if he will be able to fully utilize his speed and power advantage.
“He’s very experienced, but he hasn’t been inside the ring against a fighter like Nonito who has that tremendous speed and power. That’s what’s going to make the difference,” Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia confidently said.
The veteran Japanese boxer holds a 39-4 record with 46KOs and is on a 16-match winning streak dating in the last seven years.