Before Nonito Donaire faces his biggest challenge next Saturday (April 13) in Guillermo Rigondeaux, check out his recent road to boxing supremacy courtesy of HBO’s Greatest Hits.
Posts Tagged ‘Toshiaki Nishioka’
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Former super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka has confirmed his retirement following a knockout loss to Nonito Donaire on October 13.
Nishioka made the announcement at a Tokyo press conference earlier today, citing the Donaire fight as the final test against an elite fighter he desired to cap his career.
“I have done what I should do,” said Nishioka. “I am fully satisfied with my boxing career. I have experienced excitement many times through 18 years as a pro boxer. I am confident of becoming champion again if I fight boxers other than Donaire, but I cannot think of any better fight than the one I had with him.”
Turning pro in 1994, Nishioka failed to win the WBC bantamweight title in four bouts against Veeraphol Sahaprom from 2000-2004, receiving two unanimous decision losses and two majority draws. He would finally win his first world title in 2009, knocking out Genaro Garcia in the 12th round to win the WBC super bantamweight title. He would make six defenses, his final being a notable decision win over Rafael Marquez in 2011 that lead to last October’s showdown with Nonito Donaire.
The tactical bout was dominated by Donaire, who knocked Nishioka down twice in route to a ninth round stoppage.
The 36-year-old Nishioka finishes with a final career record of 39-5-3 (24 KOs).
Tags: Boxing, Boxing After Dark, Brandon Rios, Fight of the Year, HBO, highlights, Mike Alvarado, Nonito Donaire, results, Toshiaki Nishioka, video, war
CARSON, CA — They came. They fought. They beat the hell out of each other. And at the end, Brandon Rios was the last man standing, weathering Mike Alvarado’s home run bombs for a thrilling, come from behind seventh round TKO in an instant contender for 2012′s Fight of the Year.
As advertised, both men met at ring center from the opening moments of round one. Rios was able to get inside with left hooks and drew first blood by giving Alvarado a bloody mouth. Alvarado used his feet and got the better of exchanges at mid-range courtesy of left and right hooks. Nonetheless, it was Rios who finished the opening round strong with uppercuts in close.
Big exchanges took place during second with both men hammering away with left hooks. Alvarado snapped Rios’ head back with a straight right, but the man known as “Bam Bam” kept coming and lived up to his moniker by working his left hand downstairs. Alvarado countered those attacks with a powerful right uppercut
Alvarado got back on his toes for most of the third and succeeded in catching Rios with solid jabs and right hands. Rios never wavered in coming forward and caught up to Alvarado in the last minute with left hooks, but was held off by Alvarado’s overhand right.
Alvarado wrestled control away in the fourth and fifth stanzas by focusing on counter uppercuts and overhand rights. Rios continually walked through this bombs, and at times with a smile on his face, to double his left hook to the head and body.
Alvarado was having a dominate sixth until a late Rios right stunned him. Another right drove him to the ropes, but Alvarado would land a left hook before the closing bell.
Rios’ right would bring out the fight’s dramatic ending sequence in the seventh. Rios’ overhand shot badly hurt Alvarado at ring center, and he followed up with several more while Alvarado staggered against the ropes. A series of unanswered lefts would cause the referee to call off the bruising slugfest.
Now the clear choice to face the winner of the December matchup between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, Rios put those two veterans on notice while acknowledging Alvarado’s power
“He got me a little stunned but I didn’t show and went on,” Rios told HBO commentator Max Kellerman. “I have power that followed me up to 140. It just takes a little longer. Maybe the ref should have given him a little more time. I tip my hat off to Mike… See what happened to Mike Alavarado. Same thing will happen to them [Marquez and Pacquiao].”
In the main event, Nonito Donaire dominated and scored a ninth round TKO over Toshiaki Nishioka. Donaire had difficulty in landing early on Nishioka, who fought very defensively and sparingly threw punches. When he did open up in the sixth, he was quickly knocked down courtesy of a Donaire right uppercut. Donaire would rely on his right hand again to close out the show, when Nishioka pinned him on the ropes but walked into a flush right cross for the bout’s final knockdown. Nishioka rose but was saved by his corner after a few more Donaire power shots.
Donaire appeared to reaggravate his left hand, which was bleeding around his left index knuckle and had been seen taped earlier this week. Should the injury not be severe, Top Rank hopes to match Donaire against Jorge Arce to close out 2012.
What else needs to be said about Rios vs. Alvarado? It was the brutal war we all expected it to be. Rios sorely needed this type of performance after the robbery win he was given over Richard Abril earlier this year. Despite this, I would not favor him over Juan Manuel Marquez nor Manny Pacquiao. With Marquez, Bam Bam would give way too many countering openings. The master technician would have the bout looking like a replay of his Fight of the Year win over Juan Diaz. Regarding Pacquiao, Rios’ style would have him looking spectacular again. Even this unfocused version of Pacquiao we’ve seen over the last few fights would have a field day with Rios’ come forward style (see the Margarito thrashing).
It’s too bad Top Rank and Golden Boy have their issues. Who wouldn’t love to see Rios in there with the likes of a Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan or Victor Ortiz?
I’m incredibly disappointed in Nishioka’s performance, but I’m more appalled by Donaire’s continued sidesteps about fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux. They’re in the same stable and both have title belts. If Donaire can get “excited” to fight the likes of Jeffrey Mathebula and Omar Navaez, he can get excited for Rigondeaux. I don’t mind him getting taking on Arce in December if that happens, but the Rigondeaux fight needs to happen early next year at the latest.
Tags: Boxing, Boxing After Dark, hand, HBO, injury, Los Angeles, Nonito Donaire, photos, pics, sports, Toshiaki Nishioka
Photo Credits: Chris Farina – Top Rank
On Monday, Top Rank released these assorted pictures of WBO and IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire’s arrival in Los Angeles for Saturday’s championship match against Toshiaki Nishioka. What I want you to pay close attention to is Nonito’s left hand and the wrapping around the knuckle above his index finger.
Minor injuries during training camp are not uncommon, but this appears to be a recurring problem. In February, Donaire stated he was in excruciating pain during the last rounds of his win over Wilfredo Vazquez due to bad swelling on his left hand. When he took the glove off, his hand was also bloody from a burst vein. X-rays would later be negative for any fractures, but Donaire still took 3-4 weeks to recover.
Did he suffer the same injury heading into Saturday night? The hand is visibly bruised and there’s a possibility it’ll be aggravated further once Nonito starts working that left hook.
It may be nothing serious, but Nishioka is no pushover and things may get interesting if Donaire’s suffers similar hand problems Saturday night.
Tags: Boxing, Guillermo Rigondeaux, HBO, Interview, Jorge Arce, Nonito Donaire, Omar Narvaez, super bantamweight, Toshiaki Nishioka, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Four months ago, the biggest stage of Nonito Donaire’s career had become a nightmare. He was the headline attraction of a heavily promoted Top Rank card at Madison Square Garden, the site of many of boxing most legendary battles like the iconic Fight of the Century. Facing a smaller and outgunned Omar Narvaez, the fight was supposed to build on Donaire’s amazing second round KO of Fernando Montiel last February, a win that had nearly every boxing writer gushing and proclaiming him the Pound 4 Pound successor to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Instead, a clearly flustered Donaire looked clumsy and lost in earning a unanimous decision over a Narvaez that was content to focus on defense and keep exchanges to a minimum.
In a sport where the elites are lucky receive two TV dates a year, a bad performance can almost be as crippling as a loss. But on the flip side, a dominant, sensational win can bring immediate prestige. When Donaire makes his super bantamweight debut tomorrow night (February 4) on HBO against Wilfredo Vazquez, he’ll be acutely focused on capturing the public’s imagination he so quickly gained and lost between the Montiel and Narvaez bouts. Find out how Donaire plans to become the “must-see” boxer of 2012.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: Boxing is interesting in that because TV dates are so limited, you can’t really afford to have a bad day at the office like you did in your last fight against Omar Narvaez. You heard everything about it being a “stinker” and being such a disappointment coming off the Montiel KO. Where do you lay most of the blame: Navaez’s style, your own nerves or being out of the ring for most of the year?
Donaire: Well, there were big expectations going into the fight. I’ve never fought a guy that defensive. It would have been different if he stayed in one spot but he was constantly moving which took away from my power. We had a good mentality going into the fight so it wasn’t that. He didn’t have any intentions to fight, just a defensive strategy that spoiled it for the fans.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: We always hear the standard line from boxers about letting their promoters handle the matchups. But after what you went through, did you get proactive with Top Rank about the fights you wanted next?
Donaire: Yeah, I did try to talk to them about it. I’m going to force my opinion when it comes to matchups I believe that are going to be a boring fight. I do not want boring fights. Some people were there [at the Narvaez] fight from New York, but you had others that came from the Philippines and all around the nation. The people in New York really supported me and it made me feel bad to give them that type of fight. I don’t want that to ever happen again. My fans deserve exciting fights and if need be I will voice my opinion.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. hasn’t faced many elite opponents, so were you surprised any that his team took this fight?
Donaire: I believe he’s the type of the guy to have a great fight with me. It was a great move for them. He wants the challenge and my name on his resume. With the Puerto Rican people behind him he’ll come to fight and I him commend for stepping up. He won’t run or not exchange.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: Are Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka still the next guys in line after this?
Donaire: Yeah, definitely! Both guys were mentioned for me this year. We might not get in both this year but they need to and will happen, but first things first in Vazquez.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: You expressed extreme dislike at the idea of facing another division beltholder in Guillermo Rigondeaux. Is that because you think it’s an ugly styles clash or lack or name recognition on his part?
Donaire: Well he’s good but he does remind me of Omar [Narvaez] and like I said, I want exciting fights before anything like that. He’s just not exciting for me. He’s not on that level yet but he’s good. I just don’t see an exciting fight with him. I saw him fight on HBO where he was winning the fight and the guy hit him and he started running around. That’s exactly what happened with Narvaez; I hurt him and next thing is he stopped coming forward and [started] being defensive. With Rigondeaux, I know I’m going to hurt him.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: I know this can change depending on the money involved, but as of right this second is your preference for dominating a division long-term or weight-jumping?
Donaire: Right now I want to focus myself on taking over this division. I have my target list and I’m always looking to be the undisputed champion of the world in every division I go to. I’m willing to fight anybody but first are the guys like Nishioka and Arce. Once I’ve got all those fights, then why not? I still have to see how the guys at this weight handle my power and how my speed is.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: We’re close to the one-year anniversary of your big KO of Fernando Montiel. The fight has been a gift and curse in now the expectation is like you said to be equally exciting each time…
Donaire: Well… I do want to do the same thing and perform well. I don’t see it as pressure but more so a challenge to keep getting better and proving myself. I’m ready to meet it.
HBO’s Boxing After Dark double-header of Nonito Donaire vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio begins Saturday night (February 4) at 10:30 p.m.
Tags: bantamweight, Bob Arum, Boxing, Interview, Jorge Arce, Nonito Donaire, Omar Narvaez, Top Rank, Toshiaki Nishioka
On the night of February 19, Nonito Donaire landed a left hook that was supposed to make him a star. The victim was then WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, widely considered one of the division’s best and a Pound 4 Pound fighter. Donaire used him for target practice and short-circuited the Mexican titlist’s faculties with one lethal left hook. The sensational second round TKO was supposed to be the turning point of the 28-year-old Donaire’s career where he went from best kept secret to mainstream boxing star. Instead, it was a turning point to lawsuits after a poorly timed attempt to switch promoters from Top Rank to Golden Boy lead to Donaire spending the hottest months of his career in legal arbitration. With those issues now resolved, Nonito Donaire’s final bantamweight fight tomorrow night (October 22) finds him trying to re-establish the momentum and excitement that made him the talk of Pound 4 Pound rankings just eight months ago.
Standing in Donaire’s way is a formidable opponent in veteran Omar Narvaez. The challenge is not so much the danger of Donaire losing, but if can he look good and make a statement against a fighter known for his defensive acumen. Donaire concedes the point, but makes note of his recent track record of displaying devastating power in early, brutal dispatches of high-class fighters in Montiel and Volodymyr Sydorenko.
“We know we have the advantage in height, speed and the power,” said Donaire. “One thing he has is the advantage in experience. We want to think he can’t handle the power. Omar is shorter and its going to be tougher than Montiel. Montiel is an offensive guy and that’s why we were able to take him out. Those guys tend to lack defense. With Omar he’s very experienced and short. He tends to be very defensive sometimes as well. But if I get him in the right moment we know I can take him out as well. Finding that moment will be harder.”
Before getting back to business in the ring, Donaire had to resolve outside the ring business that had become increasingly hostile. Donaire’s attempt to jump ship to Golden Boy put him right in the middle of a personal feud between CEOs Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya. Arum criticism of Donaire’s move became highly personal when in a video interview he referred to Donaire’s outspoken wife Rachel as a “tart.” When a judge ruled that Donaire still had a binding contract with Top Rank, the next step was attempting to mend the ill will from words that could now not be taken back. While Donaire is quiet on details of his mediation meetings with Top Rank, he does state they both came to an “understanding” that will allow them to do further business.
The first step is becoming more active. The main reason Golden Boy was able to woo Donaire away was their promise of bigger fights, something Donaire lacked for years as he toiled away on Top Rank “Pinoy Power” pay-per-views. Ironically, Donaire’s aborted jump may have been the move needed to push Top Rank into landing him more marquee fights. Already on the horizon for 2012 are potential matchups at 122 pounds against Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka.
“Our relationship has been closer than before. It’s been an upgrade,” Donaire says of Top Rank’s work since the reconciliation. “After Montiel I knew there would be bigger fights ahead of me. If I look good in this fight against Omar Narvaez I know there are fights ahead against Jorge Arce and the other guys at 122. Then I could move up to 126. We’re hoping to have at least three fights next year. We should be able to make it happen by starting again in February of 2012. And then May and June for the second fight. By hopefully staying healthy I can get in three fights.”
The “staying healthy” mantra is the main reason Saturday night’s fight will be Donaire’s last appearance as a bantamweight. Unlike most fighters, Donaire is frank in admitting his problems early in camp with making the bantamweight limit of 118 pounds. Things turned for the better once the Filipino champion got under 125 pounds.
“We’ve had issues in the last few weeks where breaking past 125 pounds was difficult,” he stated. “But once we shed that weight its been easier than I expected. I thought I was going to die and all this stuff. Everything has been great with my work ethic and the mentality I have. When I say I’m going to make the weight, I’m going to make it. I’ve never failed to do so and I’m not going to start now.”
Although the top fighters at 122 will likely preoccupy Donaire’s 2012 fight schedule, Top Rank has already begun subtle mentions of Donaire possibly being an opponent for featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. To have what many critics see as a competitive superfight two divisions above your current weight class speaks to the high regard Nonito Donaire’s boxing skills are held. Nonetheless, the far off nature of a Gamboa showdown shows in his lack of enthusiasm in talking about the matchup. He becomes much more exicted when discussing his potential super bantamweight matchups.
“I think my main target is both Nishioka and Arce,” Donaire explained. ”Beating Jhonny Gonzalez and Rafael Marquez a couple of weeks ago has moved Nishioka up to the top of that list. They are the two guys I have my eyes on in the 122 pound category. In terms of difficulty, I think Nishioka being a southpaw would be a much more difficult fight than Arce. But Arce is ready for war and I think that would be a fun fight. In terms of skill and being tricky Nishioka is the tougher fight.”
Does this mean he’s lost interest in preparing for Omar Narvaez?
Donaire laughs, ”The focus is on beating Narvaez. I never think too far ahead.”
Donaire vs. Narvaez will be for Donaire’s WBO and WBC bantamweight titles. The championship match will be broadcast live on HBO October 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Tags: Rafael Marquez, results, Toshiaki Nishioka, video, weigh-in
Tomorrow night (October 1), Fox Deportes will host Toshiaki Nishioka’s WBC super bantamweigh title defense against Rafael Marquez. Nishioka is promising to deliver the best fight of his career, while Marquez believes he’s now at his ideal fighting weight, weighing in today at 121 pounds (Nishioka at 122).
Prediction: Marquez’s power makes him dangerous even in the twilight of his career. I expect him to stun Nishioka at some point early on. However, Nishioka is fast enough to get there first much more often in exchanges. And he has the power to do significant damage when he lands. I see Nishioka ending Marquez’s night by a sixth round TKO.
Tags: 122, Celestino Caballero, Jhonny Gonzalez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Rendall Munroe, super bantamweight, Toshiaki Nishioka, WBC
On Sunday (October 24), Toshiaki Nishioka made the fifth defense of his WBC super bantamweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Rendall Munroe.
Nishioka hasn’t received much attention in the United States. He unfortunately competes one division higher than the bantamweights, a weight class that’ll be highlighted in December courtesy of a Showtime tournament. The other name fighter of his weight-class, Celestino Caballero, currently has his sights set on getting one of the featherweight champions like Juan Manuel Lopez.
Nishioka is a southpaw that punches with power. Although he can box well, he’s not hesitant about having battles of attrition on the inside. From 2000-20004, he failed on four occasions to win a title (2 decision losses, 2 draws). Now at 34 years old, Nishioka has been on a tear since winning the belt in 2008. Before this decision win, all of his title defenses had been stoppage wins.
Nishioka improved to 37-4-3 (23 KOs), while Rendall Munroe fell to 21-2 (9 KOs). Final scorecards read unanimously 119-109.
For those of you who haven’t seen Toshiaki Nishioka, check out Sunday’s fight in its entirety.
As a bonus, after that 4 part fight is footage of his great, one-punch KO of Jhonny Gonzalez from last year.
BONUS (NISHIOKA KO OF JHONNY GONZALEZ)