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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka: A Pure Tactical Fight

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Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash Donaire will share the squared circle with fellow Asian Toshiaki Nishioka 39-4-3(KO 24) in a twelve round championship bout for the WBO and WBC-Diamond Super bantamweight title at the Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA on Saturday 13 October 2012.

I am personally excited with this fight. Why, because? Donaire 29-1-0 (KO 18) in most of his fight is dominating his opponent. In his fight with Fernando Montiel, one the best at 115 and 118 pound division was knockout cold in just round two. Donaire caught Montiel with his money punch—his left hook.

With Nishioka, for sure Donaire is up for a totally different challenge. Nishioka is a left hander southpaw. He is around boxing for sometime so experience would be on his side although father time may not at 36.

I watched Nishioka on replay against Rafael Marquez. Nishioka dominated Marquez by just doing the basics in footwork. He circles around Marquez in counter clockwise direction with his jab followed by his left straight. He did this with his lead foot (his own right foot) moving forward outside the lead foot of Marquez.

With this movement, Nishioka is circling away from Marquez dominant right hand and throws his left straight. This maneuver of Nishioka gives Marquez difficulty to counter, wherein the best counter for this move is to throw a left hook which happens to be Donaire’s signature punch.

Now this is where the fight is going to be exciting. What will be Nishioka’s adjustment? If he will do the same move against Marquez—he will be eating Donaires left hook all night. Nishioka is known for his durable chin, we will see if how durable it is with Donaire’s power left hook.

Donaire vs. Nishioka is available on HBO PPV.

On Friday I will be posting my prediction of the fight.

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