LOS ANGELES, USA - Expectations are high for Saturday (October 13) night's showdown between Top-Five pound for pound fighter and four-division world champion Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire and top rated Japanese star Toshiaki Nishioka.
Before they battle each other for supremacy, mano a mano, in a night of championship boxing, the fighters took part in Los Angeles workout for the media on Wednesday (October 10) at the Fortune Gym.
Both fighters bring a strong resume into the bout.
WBO/IBF junior featherweight champion Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, Calif., enters this fight riding an 11-year, 28-bout winning streak.
"It's always complicated to fight guys who are southpaws," said Donaire. "But we are ready, and that is why we have trained very hard with guys who can emulate speed and power the same as Nishioka. We are very in tune and focused."
Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs), of Hyogo, Japan, boasts an eight-year, 16-bout winning streak in his own right, including eight world title fights.
"I wanted to fight the best," said Nishioka, through a translator. "Nonito is pound for pound No. 4. I wanted to give the fans a great fight and that is my main motivation."
The Donaire vs. Nishioka bout will take place on Saturday at The Home Depot Training Center in Carson, California. The fight will be televised live on HBO Saturday night.