World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion emeritus Toshiaki Nishioka is confident that he can defeat Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in their upcoming showdown tomorrow at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Nishioka has not fought for more than a year but he believes that the training camp that he had is more than enough to prove that he is a better fighter than Donaire and he is the best in the division.
“I want to show everybody that I am the best in this weight class and that’s what I’ll show,” Nishioka said. “I am in very good condition. I am ready to win of course.”
The 36-year-old Japanese said that he was really looking forward to facing Donaire since January and he revealed that he started working in the gym since then in anticipation for the fight that he’s really looking for.
“My only motivation is to fight the best and I wanted this fight against Donaire and that’s why I waited. I’m looking forward to this fight since January” Nishioka said.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum voiced the same opinion, saying that Donaire will be having a tough night against the Japanese, citing Nishioka’s performance against Mexican Rafael Marquez in his last fight. Arum said: “Nishioka is a terrific fighter. He hasn’t lost a fight for seven or eight years. I’ve seen him fight Rafael Marquez so Donaire is going to have his hands full.”
But while Arum saw a lot of positives from Nishioka’s performance against Marquez, Donaire saw the Japanese’s weakness during that bout.
“I saw his weakness in his fight,” Donaire said. “Being a photographer, you see a lot of the first-hand, first-step, and the little tiny things that they do. I just kind of aim for what would stand out for Nishioka. But again, that could totally be different for this fight. I don’t want to look and anticipate something that will not come. But I did see his weakness fighting Marquez.”
Donaire, who previously said that he will be looking for a knockout, is also confident that he will step out of the ring on Saturday night with the IBF and WBO junior featherweight title still in his possession.