Nonito Donaire kept his WBO title on Oct. 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, after knocking down Toshiaki Nishioka. Although Donaire decided to vacate his IBF super bantamweight title before the fight, he showed that his dominance in the ring has not faded in a mostly one-sided bout with Nishioka.
Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka
The junior featherweight fight between Nonito Donaire and Toshiaki Nishioka may have been billed as the main event, but it was less exciting than the Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios bout. Donaire dominated throughout the night, made the event one-sided and was booed by the audience. Toshiaki Nishioka seemed unwilling to engage him and reluctant throughout the fight.
Nonito Donaire knocked down Toshiaki Nishioka in the sixth round and won the fight with a technical knockout in the ninth round. Referee Raul Caiz's decision to stop the bout was followed by relief from the bored crowd. It is hard to blame Donaire for the mostly dull bout because it is difficult to create an exciting fight with a partner like Nishioka who seemed confused and scared for most of the night. Early analysis showed that Toshiaki Nishioka landed a total of 49 punches during the fight.
Next Steps for Nonito Donaire and Toshiaki Nishioka
Nonito Donaire hurt his left hand during the fight, but this is a repeat injury for him and may not be serious. After the event, Nonito Donaire was questioned about the possibility of facing Guillermo Rigondeaux in the future. He seemed to avoid giving a clear response and did not seem interested in addressing why he was sidestepping the topic. Donaire is also not likely to face Abner Mares soon because Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions will not cooperate.
Donaire vacated his IBF title before the fight on Oct. 13 because he claimed he did not want to be in a mandatory event in 2012. Bob Arum is considering a fight between Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce in the future and could stage it before the end of this year. Toshiaki Nishioka's plans for the future are not clear, but he may be rethinking his career.
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