MANILA, Philippines – World super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire will defend his IBF and WBO title belts against Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13 at the Home Depot Center in California.
Donaire’s promoter, Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum, confirmed to RingTV that Donaire will fight Nishioka in a fight card televised by HBO.
Donaire is coming off a unanimous decision victory against South African boxer Jeffrey Mathebula, resulting in him unifying the IBF and WBO belts.
Nishioka was at ringside for that fight and was even brought inside the ring by Donaire.
"The Filipino Flash" has often said he believes Nishioka is "the best guy in this division."
"I think that Nishioka is the better of all the guys. He's proven himself in this weight class to be the real champion," Donaire said.
Donaire was initially reported to be facing Mexico's Jorge Arce, but Boxing Scene reported that Arce may have priced himself out of the fight.
Instead, he will face Nishioka, who is ranked as the No. 1 super bantamweight by The RING Magazine, though he currently does not hold any title.
Nishioka's most recent fight saw him outpoint former champion Rafael Marquez last October 2011 to win his 16th straight bout.
In the undercard of the Donaire-Nishioka card is a potentially explosive match between unbeaten boxers Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado.
"I think that for me, Rios against Alvarado is going to be a modern day (Arturo) Gatti – (Micky) Ward," said Arum. "I think that’s going to be an unbelievable fight."