Fight Picks: Donaire-Nishioka, Rios-Alvarado

By: Brandon Stubbs

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Fight weekend is here and so are my picks for this Saturday’s HBO double header. To start off we have “Fight of the Year” candidate between Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios in a junior welterweight showdown while the main event will be Nonito Donaire versus Toshiaki Nishioka for Donaire’s WBO and IBF Junior Featherweight belts.


Alvarado vs. Rios

I can’t lie, this fight got me hyped from day one of it being announced. With two men known for their “balls out” fighting style, there is no way this fight can suck. Now a lot of pressure will be on Rios in this fight with two previous failed weigh-ins and a poor performance in his last fight against Richard Abril.  Some will say he looked bad against Abril because of the harsh weight cut, so Saturday’s fight will give him a chance to hit the reset button. Only question about this fight is how long will it last? Both men have been down and rocked before in fights, so we know their chins can be touched. Both men are known for cutting and swelling during fights, so a doctor stoppage won’t be out of the question either. As for my pick, I love Alvarado’s gusty style and heart. But I honestly think 140 is the perfect weight class for Rios and the weight cut should be of no problem and make him strong come fight night. I’m taking Rios via TKO anytime after the 7th round in a bloody dog fight. A win by Rios should setup a major fight with the Antonio DeMarco-Adrien Broner winner for 2013.


Donaire vs. Nishioka

Nonito Donaire is slowly but surely making his case to being among the best in the world pound for pound. All he has done is continued to move up in weight and beat guys. This time around he will stay at weight and have someone come up to him. Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka will move up in weight from super bantamweight where he was the WBC champ to take on Donaire. This will be only his fourth fight in the U.S., with a bulk of his fights being in his native Japan. Crossing the waters may have been a bad idea for Nishioka. I look for Donaire to use his speed and size advantage to bully Nishioka around the ring. This will go the full 12 rounds, with Donaire winning 9-11 of them. At this point in his career, Nonito’s biggest enemy is himself; no one in his weight class is on his level which means another jump in weight is not that far ahead.

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