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Donaire vs. Nishioka

“The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” – Rios vs. Alvarado, Donaire vs. Nishioka

Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is proud to present a special “Bam Bam/Mile High” edition tonight at 9:00 PM EST.

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On tonight’s broadcast, we will be reviewing all of the great action witnessed last night on HBO Boxing After Dark, as well as the fight action on Friday night between Adonis Stevenson and Donovan George.

During the 2nd half hour, “The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to feature elite level trainer Ronnie Shields. The expert boxing proponent will give us his analysis of this weekend’s action and its affect on the future of all fighters involved.

Throughout the final half hour of the program, expert fight strategist James Gogue will break down the October 13th match-ups between Nonito Donaire/Toshiaki Nishioka and Brandon Rios/Mike Alvarado. The expert trainer will examine how Rios and Donaire found victory and explain what went wrong for Alvarado and Nishioka. Continue reading

Donaire stops Nishioka in 9th round; Rios defeats Alvarado in 7th round TKO

By Rob Smith: In a really disappointing match, IBF/WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KO’s) easily defeated 36-year-old WAY best his best Toshiaki Nishioka (39-5-3, 24 KO’s) by a 9th round TKO on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA. Donaire knocked the reluctant Nishioka down twice in the fight, once in the 6th and finished him off with a right to the head in the 9th. Nishioka’s corner threw in the towel after the knockdown.

It was yet another one of Donaire’s disappointing fights because he had tried to sell the aging Nishioka as the best fighter in the super bantamweight division for weeks to boxing fans, saying he’s better than the top fighters. It was painfully obvious tonight that the fading Nishioka wasn’t what Donaire had said he was, and it’s just disappointing that Donaire won’t take on the best guys in the division like Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux instead of guys like Nishioka and Jeffrey Mathebula.

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In a toe-to-toe war, former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) defeated previously unbeaten Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) by a 7th round TKO on Saturday night to claim the vacant WBO Latino light welterweight title in their WBO light welterweight title eliminator bout. Continue reading

Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka: Head to Head

By Joseph Herron – On Saturday night, October 13th, from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, pound for pound fighter and current IBF/WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) will attempt to diversify his already successful boxing portfolio as he takes on the WBC Champion Emeritus Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs).

The Championship contest is part of a spectacular double header, which will be broadcast tonight on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10 PM EST/PST.

While many fight fans and boxing scribes are clamoring for a super fight between Nonito and current WBA Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, tonight’s main event will pit the Ring recognized number one ranked 122 pound fighter against number three.

Because of his exposure on Showtime and HBO, it would be natural to assume that Donaire would be entering the ring as the number one ranked Super Bantamweight in the world.

But he’s not.

Toshiaka Nishioka is considered to be the number one fighter in the packed 122 pound weight division…and for good reason. The Tokyo, Japan based fighter hasn’t lost since entering the Super Bantamweight division back in 2004, defeating his opposition in convincing and impressive fashion. Continue reading

Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka & Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado: Weigh-in report

By Joseph Herron: Earlier today from the Marriott Manhattan Beach on the southern California coastline, all four marquee fighters participating in tomorrow night’s HBO Boxing After Dark double header, Donaire vs. Nishioka and Rios vs. Alvarado, stepped on the official California State Athletic Commission scale to gain their respective division eligibility.

If the crowd in attendance anticipated some heated moments throughout the media event, they were ultimately disappointed. All four combatants were professional and courteous to their respective foes during the entire Top Rank special presentation.

The big question going into the official weigh-in was whether or not Brandon Rios was finally going to make the division weight limit to become eligible to compete for the WBO Latino Junior Welterweight title tomorrow night.

Before his previous two bouts, “Bam Bam” twice failed to make the Lightweight division limit of 135 pounds and wasn’t permitted to compete for the WBA lightweight Championship, although ultimately being cleared to fight.

Before the event, trainer Robert Garcia insisted that Brandon would be able to make 140 pounds comfortably. Continue reading

Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka: Will it be the return of the Filipino Flash?

By Peter Wells: Knockout after knockout after knockout. That was what it was like to be Nonito Donaire. Suddenly though a move to Super Bantamweight has halted Donaire’s fan pleasing knockout style and suddenly his fights are dragging out into one-sided 12 rounders.

On Saturday night maybe that spark he once possessed will return when he faces his toughest test at Super Bantamweight and may well be his toughest fight of his career. Toshiaki Nishioka may be 36 but is unbeaten since 2004 and has never lost at Super Bantamweight. After two early career defeats he has only lost twice, both defeats at the hands of the fantastic Thailand fighter, Veeraphol Sahaprom, both via unanimous decision. The Japanese fighter has also only ever been stopped once, and that was in his second professional fight back in 1995.

The former WBC champion, who had his title stripped after he couldn’t fight his mandatory challenger due to personal problems, has beaten many top quality fighters including; Jhonny Gonzalez, Ivan Hernandez, Rafael Marquez and Britain’s most famous binman, Rendall Munroe.  Continue reading

Donaire, Rios, Alvarado & Nishioka Media Days Photos

Oct. 10, 2012, Los Angeles, Calif. — “READY FOR BATTLE” — (L-R) Former Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, trainer Robert Garcia and WBO/IBF Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire pose during media day for their upcoming championship fights, Saturday,October 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. Donaire takes on Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan, and Rios battles Mike Alvarado. Promoted by Top Rank in association with Teiken Promotions and Tecete, this sensational night of boxing will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. Continue reading

Donaire vs. Nishioka & Rios vs. Alvarado on HBO This Saturday

HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise presents a compelling double dose of all-out ring action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: NONITO DONAIRE VS. TOSHIAKI NISHIOKA AND BRANDON RIOS VS. MIKE ALVARADO is seen SATURDAY, OCT. 13 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

OtherHBO playdates: Oct. 14 (9:30 a.m.) and 15 (11:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 14 (4:45 p.m.) and 16 (11:00 p.m.) Continue reading

Donaire vs. Nishioka Photos: Nonioto Donaire LA arrival

Oct. 8, 2012, Manhattan Beach, Calif. — “DONAIRE HITS LA” — WBO/IBF Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire arrives in Los Angeles for his upcoming championship fight against WBC Diamond Champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan, Saturday,October 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. Promoted by Top Rank in association with Teiken Promotions and Tecete, this sensational night of boxing will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. —- Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank Continue reading

Donaire: Nishioka is still dangerous even at his age

BOB ARUM: I am delighted to be on this call. Everybody that has any connection with boxing is excited about this card. The 122 lb. championship that will be defended by Nonito Donaire is going to be a classic. I had the opportunity to watch Toshiaki Nishioka when he fought Rafael Márquez and he is a terrific fighter and we know that Nonito is one of the great fighters in boxing but he’s going to have his hands full. I believe that his fight with Nishioka will be as exciting and as interesting as the co-feature with Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado at The Home Depot Center. We have sold over 5,000 tickets and looking for a crowd of around 7,000 which will be a virtual sell-out.

CAMERON DUNKIN: This is a fight that Nonito has wanted for a very long time. Nishioka is a great fighter. This is the kind of fight that Nonito, who is one of the great fighters fighting today and also in history, these are the kinds of fights that you get excited about because this is really a historic fight. Continue reading

Donaire: My fight with Nishioka is #1 challenging to become the #1

By Dwight Chittenden: IBF/WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KO’s) has his mind made up that his fight against former WBC lightweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KO’s) is a bout pitting the two best fighters at 122 going up against each other on October 13th at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, United States. What’s interesting is how different Donaire sees this fight compared to the average boxing fan who have seen Nishioka fight recently. To many of them, this is just another one of Donaire’s fight against a guy that isn’t on his level, and hardly a fight against the number #1 super bantamweight fighter in the division. Continue reading