MANILA, Philippines – World super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire believes he and his team have created a game plan that is good enough to negate the advantages of Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka.
Donaire and Noshioka will battle on October 13 at the Home Depot Center in California in a match-up with four title belts on the line, including The RING Magazine’s super bantamweight belt.
In a conference call with trainer Robert Garcia, manager Cameron Dunkin and promoter Bob Arum, Donaire expressed his confidence that he will be able to extend his winning streak even against a dangerous opponent like Nishioka.
“Nishioka has power and he knows how to set it up. He’s a veteran and knows the tricks that can frustrate a fighter,” Donaire said, as quoted by PhilBoxing. “That’s what we don’t want to fall into.”
“We have a great game plan and we are ready for whatever it is,” he added.
Donaire said he has watched tapes of Nishioka and understands what the Japanese boxer will try to do against him.
“One thing he will try to do is land the straight, that is difficult to do against me,” he said. “Aside from that, I haven’t seen any tape that he can do damage with.”
“He did great against (Mexican boxer Rafael) Marquez, but Marquez is a lot slower than me. A lot of those punches won’t land with me with power,” Donaire added.
Even so, Donaire admitted that they are still “very worried and very mindful of that advantage he has.”
“I believe when we are at this level and at this age, and even if he hasn’t fought in a while, he can be very dangerous,” he said.
“The Filipino Flash” will not guarantee a knockout against Nishioka, who has not been stopped since 1995. But if their gameplan works against the Japanese star, then Donaire is hopeful that he can produce a highlight reel knockout the way he did against Fernando Montiel and Vic Darchinyan.
“When it comes, it comes,” Donaire said of a knockout. “But the proper game plan will show my power, which is what I was known for – lightning fast counters that were knocking people out because they never saw it coming.”
His trainer, Garcia, agrees that it will be difficult to knockout Nishioka. “I am not pushing or asking for the knockout,” he said. “But in training, he has been doing the right thing. If he performs like he did in training, I will be happy with him.”
Donaire said he is already mentally and physically prepared for Nishioka's challenge.
"We are going to put the game plan in the works and come out of this fight victorious," he said.