NONITO Donaire Jr. couldn’t get flashy Jorce Arce for a fight, so the `Filipino Flash’ settled for the next best thing.
On Monday, Top Rank Promotions and Donaire himself announced an October 13 date with Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California in yet another world super-bantamweight unification title match.
The 29-year-old reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion was initially set to take on the charismatic Arce in a potentially explosive fight at the 122-lb. division. But the tough Mexican fighter reportedly was asking for a bigger purse, prompting Top Rank to shelve the bout at the moment.
And so entered Nishioka, the technically gifted fighter from Tokyo who holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) version of the title belt.
“We opted the challenge of the tough guy in the division,” Donaire said as he announced his upcoming fight on the set of his first ever Visayan film Palad Ta Nag Buot.
"I look forward to a fight with Nishioka," added Donaire.
Nishioka holds a 39-4-3 record, including 24 KOs. He was watching at ringside of the Home Depot Center when Donaire scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Jeffrey Mathebula last month to wrest the IBF crown from the African champion in their unification bout.
Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) is undefeated in the last 11 years and has been vocal about his desire to unify the entire 122-lb. division. A fight against the 36-year-old Japanese could yet be another step in that direction.
But Nishioka is no pushover.
He’s been WBC title holder since 2009 and has not been beaten in the past eight years. The Japanese has made six successful defenses of the crown he won over Mexican Genaro Garcia, the last a resounding 12-round unanimous decision over tough Rafael Marquez – brother of Juan Manuel Marquez – in Las Vegas last October.