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Posted October 9, 2012 4:50 am 


I’ll be watching.

Posted October 6, 2012 8:26 pm 

Joseph Herron

Very insightful post, Tark…when I was on the conference call with Nonito and Robert Garcia, Nonito said something that really surprised me.

He stated that his last three performances were experiemental and he was merely testing new items in his fight arsenal, including footwork and punch selection.

He also stated that he was resorting back to the “Real” Nonito Donaire for a dangerous fight against Toshiaki Nishioka.

Robert Garcia stated that Nonito’s power and speed were going to be the deciding factor in this fight.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how this fight plays out on October 13th!!

Posted October 6, 2012 7:08 am 


True Hidalgo…. Donaire’s a very fine boxer-puncher — a rare thing — but he’s a stone killer first and last.

Posted October 6, 2012 2:47 am 


you can not compare Nishioka kune with Victor …Hidaglo …

Posted October 6, 2012 1:05 am 


“He kept the pressure on, and kept his punches short, had a power and strength advantage,” Tark, I expect Donaire to do the same thing. But I recently watched a replay of Donaire’s KO of Darchinyan–Donaire has exquisite timing and very fine boxing skills as well. Then there’s that power. He was experimenting against Mathebula. He will be a technician against Nishioka, just like Ward was against Dawson. TKO by Donaire.

Posted October 6, 2012 12:09 am 

Jelly Wobble

id mangle both these wanna be’s

Posted October 5, 2012 8:53 pm 

big head

nishioka is underrated he got a chance to upset donaire but i think donaire going to be up for this one and nishikoa going to bring the best out of him this the type of challenge donaire needs for him to be at his best i think donaire going to win by stopping nishioka in the late rounds

Posted October 5, 2012 1:46 pm 


Nishioka did a great job outboxing Marquez so Donaire has to stay on him and not let him box. Donaire can’t throw big because Nishioka is a very slick mover, very evasive, very patient, goes mostly to his left, steps in quickly with his right foot nearly always outside your left foot to counterpuncher smartly with his right hook—and particularly with his straight left. This guy’s a masterful mover. The last guy to beat Nishioka was a former Muay Thai boxer with a style similar to Donaire’s. He kept the pressure on, and kept his punches short, had a power and strength advantage, and beat TN in Japan. He never cornered the elusive southpaw or got him on the ropes—but he landed significant punches that put him well ahead on the scorecards. That fight was long ago and Nishioka has improved—but the blueprint was laid down by the Thailander.

Posted October 5, 2012 12:48 pm 

Joseph Herron

I hope you’re right, malachi…truth be told, I really like Nonito and Rachel. They’re really good kids and some of the best people you’ll ever meet in the sport.

I truly think that a Donaire victory would ultimately be the best thing for the sport, but in my professional opinion…I’m very nervous about this one for “The Filipino Flash”.

Posted October 5, 2012 12:26 pm 


the flash has his hands full this is truly going to be a great fight nishioka is no bodys puppet the kid could straight up fight!! thanks arum we owe you one for this one but i know donaire will persevere,lets go flash ….eazy!

Posted October 5, 2012 11:17 am 

Joseph Herron

Donaire is the favorite going into this fight, and for good reason. He is the more athletically gifted fighter.

But, to me this is a true 50/50 fight. In my unbiased eyes, this is a true coin flip in the ring.

Styles make fights and these two styles have upset written all over it.

Look for this fight to be among the toughest of Nonito’s career.

Posted October 5, 2012 10:24 am 


Joseph, I’m not over-rating Donaire’s natural power or skills and I’m not expecting a blowout. But I do expect Donaire to win. By TKO. But because Nonito has come to have too much confidence in his “power”–let’s remember folks, Donaire’s KO percentage ain’t that great–he’s gonna get pummled in the process of attempting to deliver that power. Nonito will take Toshiaki out nonethless.

Posted October 5, 2012 9:13 am 

KO Artist

This could have shades of Erik Morales v Injin Chi

Posted October 5, 2012 7:37 am 

Joseph Herron

Hecdog, have you ever thought maybe he was having a bad day?

Because Nonito and Rachel Donaire are two of the coolest people you will ever meet in the sport of boxing.

They always make time for the media and Nonito’s fans. Judge slowly, brother. I’m sure you’ve been judged by just one bad day before.

Posted October 5, 2012 7:23 am 


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Posted October 5, 2012 2:42 am 


Mad Scientist, you’re right. I don’t like Donaire at all. I met him at a fight card in San Francisco one time, and he was a stuck up ass while the other fighters were cool. And, I don’t think he can deal with the elite fighters like Moreno, Mares and Rigondeaux. He has a power left hook, but he gets hit too much, and his face is always marked up. If and when he fights the guys I mentioned, he’ll take a beating. Either way, I hope he gets his ass kicked. He thinks he’s all that, and there were plenty of other people at the fights that felt the same way.

Posted October 5, 2012 2:34 am 


I don’t think Nishioka has a chance against Donaire. Even though he lost by UD to Donaire, Mathebula boxed and excellent fight and really did some damage to Nonito. Nonito will withstand Nishioka’s power and/or boxing skills and probably get a TKO win. Meanwhile, Nonito is going to have to walk through a lot of punches to get that TKO–just like he did when he fought Mathebula.

Posted October 4, 2012 11:27 pm 


im really looking forward to this fight cant wait …. my money is nishioka kune ..

Posted October 4, 2012 11:06 pm 

The Mad Scientist

Hecdog -same rants from you as usual..what is it with you bro, you come off as an angry fight fan who is always looking for reasons to dislike fighters..I can agree that Nonito is somewhat overrated but he’s not as bad as you make, want or hope for him to be..Donaire has atleast a 50% chance at beating all the top doggs at 122lbs, I say atleast because of his game changing power..Abner Mares is the only top fighter with the proven whiskers, it remains to be seen if Rigo and Moreno can take a good punch as does Nonito Donaire himself.

Posted October 4, 2012 10:13 pm 


nishioka knows he’s retiring soon.. he will go out in a blaze of least in his plans. so donaire better beware.

Posted October 4, 2012 8:25 pm 

Joseph Herron

Very perceptive of you, Srminimo. This is probably the worst style match-up he could have chosen in the 122 pound weight division.

Nishioka is a tall, rangy fighter who despite being a southpaw can move well to his left and away from Nonito’s best punch.

Most southpaws of the sport have grown accustomed to moving directly to their right and away from the back-hand of orthodox fighters.

This is going to be a very tough tactical fight for Nonito. His best chance to win is to try and overwhelm Toshiaki early. The japanese fighter adapts very well so Nonito doesn’t want Nishioka to find his rhythm in the mid to late rounds.

Tough fight!!

Posted October 4, 2012 8:06 pm 


I’m not sure Donaire will ever be in real danger in this fight, but it was a bad choice for a guy who’s trying to look good after some lackluster performances, as Nishioka will stay away and look to counterpunch, which is exactly what Donaire doesn’t like. And if Donaire gets desperate he might end up tasting the floor.

Posted October 4, 2012 7:59 pm 

Joseph Herron

Thanks, DT…I appreciate the kind words…because most of the die-hard boxing fans are so boxing knowledgable, I’m always forced to do my diligence for these articles. I think it’s important to support your ideas with facts and statistics.

Thanks for reading, brother!!

Posted October 4, 2012 7:45 pm 

Joseph Herron

Thank you for reading my work, rjack58. You sound like a real fight fan who knows his fighters!!

Posted October 4, 2012 6:49 pm 

Joseph Herron

Thanks for the kind words and very well stated, Oc!!

Posted October 4, 2012 6:49 pm 

Joseph Herron

Hecdog, it’s obvious that you’re generating your opinion solely from his resume and not his performances.

If you had ever seen him fight, you would realize that this is a very difficult style match-up for Nonito and probably his most difficult opponent at 122 pounds.

Nonito will have to close the distance much better than he has in his previous three outings and will have to let his hands go a lot more frequently if he wants to defeat a crafty fighter like Nishioka.

Watch his fights and then make your assessment.

Posted October 4, 2012 6:48 pm 


Really nice article there mate.A great fight between two great technicians. This is what our sport is about. Fair play to both boxers on this.

Posted October 4, 2012 6:45 pm 


Some of you guys got it wrong. Nishioka won’t be much of a challenge. As I said in my previous comment, Nishioka has done anything. He fought a well past his prime Marquez, and a glass chin Jhonny Gonzalez. I’ve seen his record and opponents, and viewed some of his fights, and he will be wiped out by Donaire. I bet other than Marquez and Gonzalez, no one knows any other opponent he’s fought. The media builds Donaires opponent, and everyone believes he’s fighting a monster. Donaire will win easy and by KO.

It’s time Donaire stops running from the top guy (Mares, Moreno, Rigendeaux). He’s nowhere near as good as people think.

Posted October 4, 2012 5:18 pm 


Agreed. Nishioka is no punk. His fight with Donaire is a must see. Rios-Alvarado on the other hand is the real deal.

Posted October 4, 2012 4:25 pm 


Joseph, great article! My sentiments exactly – Nishioka is NO punk!

Posted October 4, 2012 3:43 pm 

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