MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum was all praises for world super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire following “The Filipino Flash’s dominant victory over Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka last Saturday in California.
Donaire overcame a tentative Nishioka to win by technical knockout in the ninth round. It was his 29th straight career win, solidifying his place as the top boxer in the super bantamweight division.
“Donaire, I thought was unbelievably great,” Arum said in an interview with Examiner. “Unbelievably smart, clever, against a top 122-pounder.”
“I thought Nonito was superb,” he added.
Donaire fought a more patient fight and took a measured approach, unlike in his previous three bouts wherein he actively sought a knockout. He breached Nishioka’s guard in the sixth round, when he tagged the Japanese with a left hook to the liver and a left uppercut, sending him to the canvas.
“The Filipino Flash” then ended the fight in the ninth round, countering Nishioka’s flurry with a perfect right hand that once again knocked down the Japanese. Though Nishioka beat the 10-count, his corner decided to throw in the towel, giving Donaire the victory.
After beating the top fighter at super bantamweight, Donaire is hoping to take the rest of the year off especially as he sustained an injury in his left hand.
Arum, however, is already lining up potential opponents for him, including Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba, Jorge Arce of Mexico and Abner Mares of Mexico.
Mares, the World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion, is also considered one of the top fighters in the weight class, though it may be difficult to pit him against Donaire. Mares is promoted by Golden Boy, Top Rank’s rival.
But Arum said he can put together a Donaire-Mares fight next year.
“His contract is expiring with Golden Boy,” Arum said of Mares. “So he can do that fight.”
“And then there’s Rigondeaux out there and there’s Jorge Arce. Those are the three guys that Nonito can fight,” he added.
Donaire has also hinted that if there are no challenges for him in the super bantamweight division, he may end up moving up in weight anew, this time to featherweight, wherein he can face fighters like Orlando Salido and Yuriorkis Gamboa.