NONITO Donaire Jr believes his power will be the difference when he stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles against Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan next week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
In a conference call held on Saturday, Donaire is confident he can outmuscle his 35-year-old opponent in their 12-round fight set October 13.
“My power will be more dominant,” said Donaire, holder of a 29-1 record with 18 KOs.
The Filipino acknowledges Nishioka has some power too, but regards him as a one-dimensional fighter.
Nishioka, the World Boxing Council (WBC) holder of the 122-lb. belt, has a 39-4 record, with 24 KOs.
“Nishioka does have power, and that’s probably the thing that he can do – set up his straight (punch),” stressed the 29-year-old Donaire, who had previously reigned as champion in the bantamweight and flyweight divisions.
This will be the first title defense of Donaire since unifying the WBO and IBF title belts with a 12-round unanimous decision of Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa last July.
He said he’s planning to stay on and further unify the division, but at the same time, Donaire finds the featherweight division too enticing to disregard.
“We wanna fight as much as we can in the 122lb division. But moving up to 126 is another option,” he said.
Nishioka last fought almost a year ago in a 12-round unanimous decision over Mexican Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
He’s planning to retire win or lose after the fight with Donaire.