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CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Boxing stars Nonito Donaire (left) and Toshiaki Nishioka.  (Photo by Ed de la Vega DDS)


Contributed by Rich Mazon for the Filipino Reporter

Nonito “The Filipino” Flash Donaire wanted this fight.

Toshiaki “The Speed King” Nishioka wanted this fight.

On Oct. 13, two of today’s top Asian pugilists will square off at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

The General Santos City-born Donaire and Nishioka, who hails from Tokyo, Japan are two of the best 122-pound boxers in the world.

Both are accomplished boxers in their own right.

Both are champions of the super bantamweight division and both know one another’s caliber.

“There is really not much to say on what Nishioka has done in this division. He’s been number one in this division. But again, may the best man win in this fight,” Donaire said in a recent press conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A.

Veteran Nishioka is one of the top two boxers in Japan.

He has 39 wins (24 KOs) against 4 losses and 3 draws.

He has not lost in eight years, his last defeat in 2004 to a Thai.

“I have been winning in the super bantamweight (division) for a long time now. So has Donaire,” Nishioka said through a translator in the one and only press conference for their fight.

The 29-year-old Donaire, who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, won his first super bantamweight crown (WBO) in his first try in the 122-pound class last February in San Antonio, Texas.

He added the IBF belt by beating former South African champ Jeffrey Mathebula last July at the same arena where he will fight Nishioka.

Meanwhile, 36-year-old Nishioka has campaigned at the 122-pound weight division for much of his career.

He has won the WBC version of the belt in 2008 and has defended it successfully since then.

He was elevated to an Emeritus Champion by the WBC this year for this accomplishment.

Both Donaire and Nishioka foresee a great battle when they both face each other in the fall.

Nishioka expressed the same sentiment.

Speed versus speed, power versus power.

Fall cannot come soon enough.