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Nonito Donaire Speaks - Confident But Wary...

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Donaire confident but wary against savvy Nishioka
Published on 5 October 2012 - 8:06pm

Filipino star Nonito Donaire enters next week's world title bout against Japanese southpaw Toshiaki Nishioka confident but wary of his 36-year-old rival despite his layoff of more than a year.

"Being older and being a veteran, it's never as bad as it looks," Donaire said Friday. "Even if he hasn't been fighting in a while, he can get it back really fast because he has the experience to do so.

"Definitely with Nishioka we can't let our guard down. Nishioka is a tough guy but we have a great plan going into this fight."

The showdown of Asian stars October 13 at Los Angeles will decide who holds the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight crowns.

Donaire, 29-1 with 18 knockouts, has an 11-year win streak of 28 fights in a row.

Nishioka, 39-4 with three drawn and 24 knockouts, has an eight-year win streak of 16 bouts, eight of them for world titles, but has not fought since last October's undisputed decision over Mexico's Rafael Marquez.

"He's very experienced," Donaire trainer Robert Garcia said. "But he hasn't been inside the ring against a fighter like Nonito who has that tremendous speed and power. That's what's going to make the difference.

"I'm not pushing or asking for the knockout. I want him to do what he has done in training and he has looked good in training."

Donaire, 29, has won his past three fights by decision and would like a more impressive showing against Nishioka.

But the Japanese veteran has not lost by knockout since the second fight of his career in 1995 and has not lost at all since Thai star Veeraphol Sahaprom downed him in 2004.

"He does pose a threat with his power. He knows how to set that up," Donaire said. "He knows how to frustrate a fighter. We don't want to fall into that trap. We're ready for whatever he does.

"With the proper game plan, the fight will set up for me. When you don't know where the punch is coming from, you are going to go down."

Donaire said his speed will allow him to evade Nishioka's power punches.

"He does have power. He can land and set up his straight," Donaire said. "We're very wary and very set up for his advantages. I know I'm a better fighter. I'm ready physically and mentally for this fight."

Donaire said he would like to face one of his unbeaten fellow champions in the division next, Mexico's Abner Mares.

"We would all like to see that happen at some point," said Donaire's manager, Cameron Dunkin.
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Danko's Photo Danko 06 Oct 2012

Donaire is a fraud
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atruesoutherngentleman's Photo atruesoutherngentleman 10 Oct 2012

Is this fight on BAD... if so, why do they keep putting Nonito on BAD?
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True Fist's Photo True Fist 10 Oct 2012

Really looking forward to this fight card. Both fights should be great and if you have a buddy who is just a casual fan, this would be a card for them to watch. I believe the event is a WCB, as both fights are title fights.
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psylancer's Photo psylancer 10 Oct 2012

It's listed as Boxing After Dark on HBO's web site.
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True Fist's Photo True Fist 10 Oct 2012

Damn HBO. <_<
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Vatoloco's Photo Vatoloco 10 Oct 2012

View Postatruesoutherngentleman, on 10 October 2012 - 07:01 AM, said:

Is this fight on BAD... if so, why do they keep putting Nonito on BAD?
Probably because he hasn't become the star they thought he would become.
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View PostVatoloco, on 10 October 2012 - 12:25 PM, said:

Probably because he hasn't become the star they thought he would become.

he is more than a BAD broadcast....
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View Postlefty lou, on 10 October 2012 - 12:28 PM, said:

he is more than a BAD broadcast....
Maybe he doesn't do good ratings?
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View PostVatoloco, on 10 October 2012 - 12:25 PM, said:

Probably because he hasn't become the star they thought he would become.

That may be true but there are a number of guys that HBO has put on WCB this past year and years past who don't have huge followings...
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johnnyblaze's Photo johnnyblaze 10 Oct 2012

Why does it matter if it's BAD or WCB?  It's on HBO, who fvcking cares.
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DarthCoqui's Photo DarthCoqui 10 Oct 2012

Im looking forward to this fight.
Donaire, if in top form should beat him with a late TKO.
But it wont be easy.

DC
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View PostDarthCoqui, on 10 October 2012 - 02:44 PM, said:

Im looking forward to this fight.
Donaire, if in top form should beat him with a late TKO.
But it wont be easy.

DC
What Donaire needs to do is stop looking for the KO.  That will make him entertaining again.  A different trainer would help also.
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View PostVatoloco, on 10 October 2012 - 02:47 PM, said:

What Donaire needs to do is stop looking for the KO.  That will make him entertaining again.  A different trainer would help also.
Read Steve's piece today.  Nonito has been training himself in Vegas for his last 3 fights.  This time, he had a real camp in Cali.
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View Postjohnnyblaze, on 10 October 2012 - 02:56 PM, said:

Read Steve's piece today.  Nonito has been training himself in Vegas for his last 3 fights.  This time, he had a real camp in Cali.
I'll check it out.
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