MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire’s patience and maturity were the key factors in his ninth-round technical knockout victory over Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka last Saturday at the Home Depot Center, according to two boxing analysts.
Donaire, with a record of 30 wins and one loss, clinically picked Nishioka apart over the nine rounds, knocking him down in the sixth round and again in the ninth, at which point the Japanese’s corner threw in the towel.
It was Donaire’s 29th straight victory, allowing him to retain his WBO and IBF super bantamweight titles while claiming Nishioka’s WBC diamond championship as well as the vacant RING super bantamweight belt.
“Nagpakita ng maturity si Donaire, at dahil sa maturity niya, hindi niya minadali, hinintay niya na bumuka ang depensa ng Hapon,” said boxing analyst Atty. Danrex Tapdasan in an interview on DZMM.
Tapdasan noted that in Donaire’s previous three bouts, the “Filipino Flash” was too eager in looking for a knockout.
|Nonito Donaire (L) of the Philippines connects with a knock down punch to the face of Toshiaki Nishioka (R) of Japan during the sixth round of their IBF and WBO super bantamweight title and WBC diamond championship boxing match in Carson, California October 13, 2012. Donaire won by TKO in the 9th round. Photo by Danny Moloshok, Reuters
“Donaire was waiting for the right time,” Tapdasan said. "After he (Nishioka) opened up, he was hit with a counter left uppercut, bagsak ‘yung Hapon.”
“Naka-recover siya pagdating ng seventh, ng eighth. Naging aggressive, nag-open up na. Nagbunga na ang patience ni Donaire,” he added.
“’Yung Hapon na ang umaabante, gusto niya na siya ang makatama kasi alam niya na wala siyang chance na manalo ng decision.”
Tapdasan said both Donaire and Nishioka are very technical fighters. “They will try to outsmart, outbox and eventually knockout the other guy into frustration,” he explained.
But in this fight, it was Donaire who came out on top as he was able to frustrate Nishioka into making crucial mistakes.
“Para sa akin, it’s one of the best victories of Donaire,” Tapdasan said. “You do not always blast everybody. Pag ikaw ay magiging great fighter, dadaan ka sa ganitong pagsubok. Kailangan ni Donaire ng pagsubok.”
Another boxing analyst, Atty. Ed Tolentino called it “a very clinical win for Dr. Donaire.”
“I thought magaling ang porma ni Donaire. Nag-settle down siya, he was not rushing things, hindi siya nanggigil,” Tolentino said.
But Tolentino said he was disappointed with Nishioka’s performance.
“Napaka-tentative,” he said of the Japanese fighter. “’Yung kanyang vaunted left straight, bukas niya pa yata gustong bitawan. May degree of hesitancy talaga.”
Nishioka only threw 199 punches in the bout, landing 49. Donaire, meanwhile, landed 134 of 485 punches thrown.
“Nung tinamaan si Nishioka, he cannot handle the speed (of Donaire),” Tolentino said. “Maganda ang strategy ni Donaire. Kapag nakipag-sabayan sa loob, open na open siya sa counterpunches.”
Tolentino said that there are a lot of fights left for Donaire at the super bantamweight division, though he expects “The Filipino Flash” to fight Mexican brawler Jorge Arce next in a “box office hit.”
“He will fight one more time at 122 (pounds) and move on by next year to 126 pounds,” Tolentino predicted.