MANILA, Philippines – Unified super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will go back to his old style of boxing when he faces dangerous Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13 at the Home Depot Center in California.
Since moving up to the super bantamweight division, Donaire has beaten Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathebula both via decisions. In his last fight at bantamweight, he also outpointed Omar Andres Narvaez.
Donaire has not registered a knockout victory since his second-round demolition of Fernando Montiel in February 2011.
“We all know when the guys move up in weight, the punches get stronger and the opponents have all been world-class fighters, so it is more difficult to get the KO,” said Donaire’s trainer, Robert Garcia, in PhilBoxing.
“We have been fighting the fights and getting the victories and I think that’s what count the most,” Donaire added. “These guys I have been fighting are world champions, and they are at the top of their game.”
But Donaire knows that he has also received criticism for his performance in his last three fights, especially as he seemed to have abandoned his game plan and instead just looked for a knockout punch.
“People expect a lot from me. We have been trying to change things up to get different results,” Donaire said. “Against Nishioka, we can’t let our guard down. We’re going back to the old Nonito Donaire style of playing smart.”
Moreover, Donaire explained that his last three fights “were experimental.”
“In this fight, we are going back to boxing and being unexpected. We relied on power in the last three fights, but this fight, we will come out throwing lots of punches,” he said.
But Donaire believes that his past three fights helped him develop as a fighter, even as he failed to get the coveted knockout victory.
“Every fight makes you stronger. Every fight makes you smarter,” he said. “Going into the fight, you know what you want to do. I know I am a better fighter going into this fight, because of the tough fights I have had.”
Donaire is already wrapping up his training camp and finished the last rounds of his sparring.
“We are mentally prepared and physically prepared for this big fight next weekend. We are going to put the game plan in the works and come out of this fight victorious,” he said.