Nonito Donaire of the Philippines poses with the belt after his ninth round TKO of Toshioka Nishioka of Japan during the WBO Super Bantamweight Title fight at The Home Depot Center on October 13, 2012 in Carson, California. ( Harry How/Getty Images/AFP )
By Jelly F. Musico, PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire dominated Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka before scoring an impressive 9th-round technical knockout to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight title at the Home Depot Center in Carson City, California Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Showing his quickness, power and skills, Donaire proved his dominance of his Japanese foe, scoring the first round knockout in the sixth round with a left uppercut.
Nishioka recovered but remained tentative with his punches, keeping his right hand on his face in anticipation of Donaire’s powerful left hook.
In the ninth round, Donaire leaned on the rope while allowing Nishioka to come in with a couple of combinations before connecting with a powerful right hand that decked the Japanese fighter.
Nishiohka got back to his feet and the referee allowed him to continue, but eventually stopped the fight when Donaire connected another right and the Japanese covered his body from more punches from the Filipino champion.
Donaire improved his ring record to 30-1 with 19 knockouts while the Japanese boxer absorbed his first loss in eight years and dropped to 390-5-3 with 24 stoppages.
Donaire completely dominated Nishioka, throwing 485 punches as compared to the Japanese boxer’s only 199 and landed 134 against the opponent’s 48 punches.
Top Rank Promotion president Bob Arum described Donaire as the next superstar of boxing from the Philippines after Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.