Donaire TKOs Nishioka in Nine Rounds; Rios Halts Alvarado in Seven

By: Gordie Tamayo
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Home Depot Center Los Angeles, CA-HBO Boxing After Dark showcased a double header worthy enough to please casual and die hard boxing heads alike.In the main event Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-0-1-22KO) welcomed Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka (39-5-3-24) stateside for a bout that was slated to take Donaire to test as he was facing the best the 122 pound division had to offer. From the beginning the bout was a tactical chess match with Nishioka well guarded looking to time Donaire for counter shots and Donaire pressing the action to entice Nishioka to engage.

The crowd was not too pleased with the pace of the fight until round six came where Donaire landed a flush left uppercut through Nishioka’s guard dropping him to the canvas. Nishioka beat the count, even managing to trade a few punches before the bell sounded but not enough to make a dent on the cards.

Nishioka began to pick up the pace and appeared to be warm although Donaire continued to box a complete shutout. His superior hand speed and power kept Nishioka at bay and reluctant to take too many risks. Commentator Roy Jones commented to the game plan of Nishioka, stating that he had not made it undefeated eight years by being stupid. True, however this was not one matchup Nishioka was going to win on the cards by starting to fight halfway into the bout against a caliber of opponent such as Donaire.

In the ninth round the momentum elevated with Nishioka pressing Donaire to the ropes and getting caught with a devastating counter that dropped him for the second time in the bout. Nishioka rose to his feet, however his corner seen that he was hurt and threw in the towel ending his 8 year winning streak.

Donaire goes on to earn another top name victim to his resume and gains a few more critics. At this point, Donaire is doing everything he can do in facing the best opposition that is available to him. Sounds like the same scenario from the Klitschko brothers.

The undercard of the evening was perhaps the most anticipated of the night and left fight fans craving for more. Two fighters known for their all action style put their undefeated records on the line in what was pre-hyped for “Fight of the Year” honors. Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-0-1-22KO) stepped up to jr. welterweight to face the hard hitting Mike Alvarado (33-1-23).

From the opening bell the fight lived up to expectations as both men stood their ground and traded shots which had the crowd on their feet like a blood thirsty mob. Alvarado had initially stated he planned to box his way to victory but abandoned that strategy early on and was drawn into a heated exchange which could have been scored either way. When Alvarado did stick to the jab followed by an overhand right he found success. His obstacle was a determined Rios who just would not back down and continued his forward assault.

As they came to close quarters round by round, we seen more of the same excitement with Rios drilling to the body and going upstairs with a stiff uppercut and Alvarado attempting to make space to setup the jab yet getting caught in a shoot out. The result ended in Rios imposing his will in the seventh round by landing a solid overhand right that sent Alvarado to the ropes in a daze. Rios seen the green flag and unloaded a series of barrages that Alvarado had no answer for. The referee jumped in to stop the bout and Rios makes a splash in his jr. welterweight debut.

The post fight interview presented questions about a possible Pacquiao matchup or rematch with Alvarado. The outspoken Rios pulled no punches as usual and stated that if the fans wanted a rematch then they should do it. His comments on Pacquiao were equally as brave, however many would agree that Pacquiao would be more than he could chew. A rematch with Alvarado though; any day.

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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