|Nonito Donaire Interview - Boxing Conference Transcript
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Oct 6, 2012) Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
ARUM: I am delighted to be on this call. Everybody that has any connection with boxing
is excited about this card. The 122 lb. championship that will be defended by
Nonito Donaire is going to be a classic. I had the opportunity to watch Toshiaki
Nishioka when he fought Rafael Márquez and he is a terrific fighter and we know
that Nonito is one of the great fighters in boxing but he’s going to have his
hands full. I believe that his fight with Nishioka will be as exciting and as
interesting as the co-feature with Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado at The Home
Depot Center. We have sold over 5,000 tickets and looking for a crowd of around
7,000 which will be a virtual sell-out.
DUNKIN: This is a fight that Nonito has wanted for a very long time. Nishioka is a great
fighter. This is the kind of fight that Nonito, who is one of the great fighters
fighting today and also in history, these are the kinds of fights that you get
excited about because this is really a historic fight.
GARCIA: Nishioka is a great fighter and the best in the division. He is ranked as the
best super bantamweight in the world. It’s going to be a really tough fight but
Nonito has been training really hard and he has to come out and perform and do
what he’s been doing so far.
camp has been going excellent. We had our last sparring yesterday and we are
mentally prepared and physically prepared for this big fight next weekend and we
are going to put the game plan in the works and come out of this fight
do you think about the fact Nishioka has not fought much
think that being older and being a veteran their record is never as bad as it
is. We have been training really hard for this fight – we don’t want to take any
chances at all. I believe when we are at this level and at this age and even if
he hasn’t fought in a while he can be very dangerous.
have been winning and dominating but three fights in a row without a spectacular
have been fighting the fights and getting the victories and I think that’s what
counts most. These guys I have been fighting are world champions and they are at
the top of their game. Sometimes you don’t get the results that people look for.
People expect a lot from me. We have been trying to change things up to get
different results. Against Nishioka we can’t let our guard down and going back
to the old Nonito Donaire style of fighting smart.
has not been stopped since his second pro fight in ’95 – how much would it mean
to get the KO?
it comes it comes but the proper game plan will show my power which is what I
was known for – lightning fast counters that were knocking people out because
they never saw it coming. No matter how tough you are, if you don’t see where
it’s coming from, you don’t expect it and it will knock you
GARCIA: We all know when the guys move up in weight the punches get stronger and the
opponents have all been world-class fighters so it is more difficult to get the
KO. It won’t be easy against Nishioka but at the beginning of training camp
Nonito told me he wanted to come in and do it the way he used to do it – picking
them apart little by little then knocking them out. He’s been doing it in
training against lightweights, super lightweights – he’s been landing beautiful
punches and combinations and I have no doubt he will do it against Nishioka. I
am not pushing or asking for the knockout but in training he has been doing the
right thing and if he performs like he did in training I will be happy with
do you think Nishioka will try to get the job done?
thing he will try to do is land the straight that is difficult to do against me.
Aside from that, I haven’t seen any tape that he can do damage with. He did
great against Márquez, but Márquez is a lot slower than me. A lot of those
punches won’t land with me with power. But we are very worried and very mindful
of that advantage he has.
much is he being a southpaw a problem for you?
is not so bad. I have sparred with a lot of southpaws over the years. Darchinyan
was a notable southpaw and I knocked him out. And Márquez was one of the guys I
took apart as well when I did decide to turn it on. We are mindful he is a
southpaw. I try to do the things that are difficult for me against a southpaw
and that’s one thing we figured out.
is the drug testing going?
good. A couple of days ago they showed up at my door and took 4 tubes of blood –
the last time they only took 2. You never know when they’ll come in. I really
believe in it. It’s good for boxing – it’s random so you really can’t hide
anything at all.
you think it has a future in boxing?
think it will and it should be a part of boxing. For me I do the things that I
do for the fans and the love of the sport. The only thing that comes out of it
is good – it will gain fans.
do you see yourself in a year from now?
up to 126 pounds is another option that we have. We are looking to stay at 122
for a bit but I can work my body to be ready for 126. There are fighters at 122
that I have not faced yet and they know who they are and I am fine with facing
any of them.
GARCIA: Yes, this guy is very experienced. He is one of those guys that has been there
for so many years and has done everything with every type of opponent but inside
the ring he has not been with a Nonito, who stings the way he stings and has the
power that he has. He hasn’t seen that and that is going to be the difference.
Nonito has the power and the speed and Nonito knows what punches are going to be
has power and he knows how to set it up. He’s a veteran and knows the tricks
that can frustrate a fighter - that’s what we don’t want to fall into. We have a
great game plan and we are ready for whatever it is.
fight makes you stronger. Every fight makes you smarter. Going into the fight
you know what you want to do. I know I am a better fighter going into this fight
because of the tough fights I have had.
about the Mathebula fight?
took it to him. We showed power. Even against a taller guy we showed we could
out-speed him and get by his longer reach. We can bring that into this fight as
last three fights were experimental. This fight we are going back to boxing and
being unexpected. We relied on the power in the last three fights but this fight
we will come out throwing lots of punches.
do you think about the co-feature?
be watching that fight. That’s going to be a great fight. My fights don’t need
to be fight of the year. I just go out and do what I need to do. Rios and
Alvarado will go out and do what they do and make it exciting for everybody but
there is no pressure for me to out-do that fight.
you want a fight against Abner Mares?
hope so, but that is up to the promoters, the networks and the fans. We are
always willing to fight anybody.
who loves boxing come out to The Home Depot Center because they are going to see
a card second to none. Two great
fights and a terrific undercard and tickets reasonably priced. Almost all of the
tickets are sold except for the $35 tickets. So for $35 you can watch
want to thank everyone and let them know that this is very exciting for me.
Thanks to Bob and Top Rank for making it happen. Rios-Alvarado is going to be an
incredible, incredible fight and you don’t want to miss it. I know Nishioka will
go all out and I will go all out. Excitement will be in the air on October
The Super Powers of the junior featherweight and the junior
welterweight divisions will go mano
a mano, in a sensational night of championship boxing. Top-Five pound for pound fighter and
four-division world champion NONITO
“Filipino Flash” DONAIRE vs. WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion TOSHIAKI NISHIOKA, and undefeated former world
lightweight champion BRANDON “Bam Bam”
RIOS vs. undefeated No. 1
junior welterweight contender “Mile
High” MIKE ALVARADO.
Promoted by Top Rank®,
in association with Teiken Promotions and Tecate, the Donaire vs. Nishioka /
Rios vs. Alvarado championship doubleheader will take place Saturday, October 13 under the stars at The Home Depot Center in Carson,
Calif. Both fights will be
televised Live on HBO®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
These four gladiators boast a combined record of 131-5-4 (86 KOs) -- a
winning percentage of 94% with 2/3 of those victories coming by way of
Remaining Tickets for The Home Depot Center’s
Donaire-Nishioka / Rios-Alvarado
championship event, priced at $150 (sold out), $75 (Almost sold out) and $35,
can be purchased online at AXS.com or by phone at
888-929-7849 as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites
are available by calling 1-877-604-8777. For information of group discounts, please call 1-877-234-8425.
junior featherweight champion Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs), a native of General Santos
City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, Calif., enters
this fight riding an 11-year, 28-bout winning streak.
(39-4-3, 24 KOs), of Hyogo, Japan, boast an eight-year, 16-bout winning streak
in his own right, including eight world title fights.
Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from
Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight
divisions. He enters this fight having
won 10 of his previous 12 fights by knockout.
Alvarado (33-0, 23
KOs) of Denver, has won 10 of
his last 13 bouts by stoppage en route to a career-high No. 1 world rating.
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