MANILA, Philippines – Super bantamweight boxers Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan have been civil with each other leading up to their world championship clash on October 13 at the Home Depot Center.
The two fighters have shown nothing but respect for each other as the build-up to the fight featured no trash talking or harsh words between the two camps.
In an interview with RingTV, Donaire lauded Nishioka as a dangerous fighter who was among the best in the division. [http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/174487-ringtv-video-nonito-donaire-toshiaki-nishioka-interviews]
“He’s very dangerous. He’s just a southpaw version of me,” Donaire said of the Japanese. “He has the power, except he uses the straight hand, and I use the hook.”
Donaire even said that he cannot promise a knockout victory in the fight because “this is a different level.”
“In terms of how the fight is gonna be, you never know how it is out there. It can turn out to be really difficult, but we’re gonna do our best in preparing ourselves,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nishioka said he respected Donaire both as a person and as a fighter.
“I definitely respect him as a person, he’s a very nice man,” Nishioka said through an interpreter. “And as a fighter, he’s won titles in four different weight divisions. He’s a very great fighter.”
Despite their mutual respect, both fighters still promise to give it their all especially as there will be four title belts on the line, including the RING’s super bantamweight belt and the World Boxing Council’s diamond belt.
Donaire will be defending his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization belts.
“It’s a dream, and it’s a goal for me. I’ve been wanting for the longest time to collect (the belts) and to be undisputed,” Donaire said.
“I am extremely happy (to compete for four championships),” Nishioka said. “To win and to be able to have four belts in the ring with me after I win is what I’m planning to do.”