MANILA, Philippines – Four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. claims to have found a weakness in Toshiaki Nishioka’s fighting style a year before their scheduled title bout this weekend.
Donaire, who will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight titles against the Japanese, said he has seen Nishioka fight up close when he was taking pictures of the Nishioka-Rafael Marquez fight.
Donaire, an avid photographer, was at ringside taking pictures when Nishioka defeated Marquez in a tight boxing match.
“I saw his weakness in his fight,” the Filipino Flash told the Examiner. “Being a photographer, you see a lot of the first-hand, first-step, and the little tiny things that they do. I just kind of aim for what would stand out for Nishioka.
Nishioka, the World Boxing Council (WBC) emeritus champion, has taken a year-long layoff after that fight.
Donaire admitted that he might not be facing the same type of Nishioka this Saturday in Carson City, California (Sunday, Manila time).
He, however, hopes to see the weaknesses surface again when they square off.
“I don’t want to look and anticipate something that will not come. But I did see his weakness fighting Marquez.”