NONITO Donaire Jr. retained his World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight title with a ninth-round stoppage of Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
The 29-year-old Filipino slammed home a right straight to the jaw of the Japanese to send the challenger down in the canvas for the second time in the 12-round fight.
Nishioka, 35, got up at the count of four but was obviously wobbly. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. allowed him to continue to fight but after just a single punch by Donaire, the veteran ring official stepped in and stopped the fight.
Official time was 1:54 of the ninth round.
Donaire improved to 30-1, with 19 KOs as he won his third straight fight of the year. He earlier scored a split decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr to claim the WBO belt, and then added the International Boxing Federation version of the 122-lb. title following a unanimous decision against Jeffrey Mathebula.
He later said on his Twitter account @filipinoflash that he’s done for the rest of the year.
“Gna gt stitchd up. This ws opend during sparring n knw it ws gna open up during the fight. Ima tk rest of year off,” Donaire tweeted.
But shortly after the match, Donaire declared he’s ready to take on all comers in the division as he continues his bid to become the best super-bantamweight champion in the world.
“Whoever wants it, let’s go,” said the Filipino Flash, who earned US$750,000 for the fight.
Total punches landed/thrown had Donaire leading by a mile with 134 landed out of 485 thrown. Nishioka only connected on 49 of the 199 punches thrown.
An otherwise lackluster fight came alive in the sixth round when Donaire knocked Nishioka down with a left uppercut inside the final minute.
The challenger got up at the count of five and the two spent the rest of the round throwing bombs at each other to the delight of the combined Filipino-American and Japanese crowd.
Nishioka, the former World Boxing Council titleholder, fell to 39-5-3, with 24 KOs as his 16-fight win streak in the last eight years finally came to an end.