MANILA, Philippines – Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka has long wanted to take on Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, in a fight that he believes will decide who is the best super bantamweight in the world right now.
Donaire, who holds the IBF and WBO super bantamweight titles, will clash with Nishioka on October 13 at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.
The WBC diamond super bantamweight and the RING super bantamweight belts are also at stake in the bout.
“I was worried that this fight would never happen,” said Nishioka, as quoted by Dennis Guillermo of Examiner. “But now that the deal has been finalized, I am excited to face him.”
Nishioka is the WBC’s “emeritus champion” and the No. 1 super bantamweight in the RING’s ratings.
While he has fought other great fighters overseas, he said he is more motivated for the Donaire bout because the Filipino “is known around the world as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters.”
“I want to prove that I’m the best in the division,” Nishioka said. “And there is no better way to do it than to win against him.”
Nishioka said he has been preparing for a fight against Donaire since the end of 2011, and was “devastated” when it was rumored that “The Filipino Flash” will be facing Mexican slugger Jorge Arce in his next fight.
“When I was told that the (Arce) fight has been cancelled and an agreement has been reached to fight me, from the bottom of my heart, I was happy and excited,” he said.
There has been mutual respect on the side of both boxers, with Donaire inviting Nishioka inside the ring following his unanimous decision victory over South Africa’s Jeffrey Mathebula last July.
“(Donaire) has a great left hook, left uppercut and he has good footwork. He’s pretty much an all-around boxer,” Nishioka said.
“I would like to say to Donaire that we both be at our best condition for the fight and let’s put on the best show together,” he added.