Carson, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire sent Toshiaki Nishioka to the canvas twice en route to a ninth-round technical knockout victory to unite the super bantamweight title Saturday at Home Depot Center.
Meanwhile, former lightweight champion Brandon Rios defeated Mike Alvarado via seventh-round TKO, sending a message to Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao that he’s ready to rumble.
Donaire, who improved to 30-1 with 19 knockouts, dropped Nishioka in the sixth round with an uppercut, turning the expected tough match-up into a lopsided affair when the Japanese champion fought cautiously, aware of the Filipino’s punching power.
Donaire then put the finishing touches in the ninth round with a straight right that sent the Japanese kissing the canvas. Nishioka (39-5-3, 24 KOs) beat the count but his corner decided saved him from further punishment, jumping on the ring to wave the white towel as a sign of surrender.
This prompted referee Raul Caiz Sr. to stop the fight at 1:54 of round nine.
Donaire retained the World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation super bantamweight titles, while snatching Nishioka’s World Boxing Council diamond belt and the vacant RING super bantamweight title.
“When you do engage with Nonito, who is a surgeon, I will pick you apart, then the demolition man comes in and I knock them out,” said Donaire. “Nishioka was a great fighter and we were weary, but if he made the mistake, we could get him and we did. My left hand was hurt in the middle of the fight and I needed a different strategy, and I got him with the right.
“I was using my jab and using my speed that’s what we wanted to do. The combinations got better as the fight went on. I was playing possum to see what he would do. I timed the straight like we practiced in the gym and it worked,” Donaire added.
“The difference in the fight was speed,” said Nishioka, who hadn’t tasted defeat in over eight years. “I couldn’t handle his speed. I never saw the uppercut and I’ve never faced a fighter with the speed of Donaire.”
All in all, Donaire threw 485 punches while Nishioka threw just 199 punches.
Meanwhile, promoter Bob Arum said Rios (31-1, 21 KOs) could be in line for a fight against Pacquiao, who is scheduled to face Juan Manuel Marquez Dec. 8.
“If Pacquiao beats Marquez, Pacquiao and Rios would be an unbelievable huge draw because people love and seek crazy wild action,” said Arum. “There is pressure for a rematch with Alvarado, but obviously boxing is a business and if there is a possibility of Rios fighting either Pacquiao or Juan Manuel Marquez for really bonanza money, how can you take the risk of putting him in with Alvarado again, where he may lose?”