MANILA, Philippines – Although not be as famous as Mexico’s Jorge Arce, Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka will give Nonito Donaire Jr. a more competitive fight, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.
The Japanese boxer, the boxing analyst said, is certainly more skilled and competitive than the Mexican slugger.
“Nishioka hasn't lost in eight years. He has won 16 fights in a row and faced several excellent opponents,” Rafael noted in his ESPN blog.
Nishioka, who was the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion, has fought the likes of Rafael Marquez, Jhonny Gonzales and Mauricio Javier Muñoz.
But a long layoff from boxing forced him to give up the belt and was named as the WBC “Emeritus Champion” instead.
Rafael said the layoff isn’t likely to affect an elite fighter like Nishioka.
“He'll end a one-year layoff when he faces Donaire, which isn't too much time off for a top fighter. So the main event is a really interesting, likely competitive fight between two of the world's best junior featherweights,” he said.
The Donaire-Nishioka fight is scheduled to take place at the Home Depot in Carson City, California on October 13.
Donaire will be defending his World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation title against the experienced Japanese fighter.
Also at stake in the bout is the RING Magazine super bantamweight title.