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Boxing | International

Donaire out to make a point



Nonito Donaire will try to make an important statement when he fights Toshioka Nishioka next weekend.

Donaire is set to defend his IBF and WBO super-bantamweight titles at the Home Depot Centre in Carson, California, on October 13.

The champion is often regarded as “the other fine fighter from the Philippines” because he has always campaigned in the shadows of Manny Pacquiao. However, he has established an excellent reputation of his own.

His record of 29 victories, one defeat and 18 knockouts shows how well Donaire has done. He has held titles in three other divisions and has beaten Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and South African Jeffrey Mathebula since moving up to super-bantamweight division.

The Japanese challenger is a veteran southpaw with a professional record of 39-4, including 24 knockouts. He has won 16 fights since losing his WBC bantamweight belt to Veeraphol Sahapron in March 2008.

He beat the highly rated and experienced Rafael Marquez (40-6) in Las Vegas in November last year and has stopped the classy Jhonny Gonzalez in three rounds.

Nishioka is known for his outstanding straight left but he has been inactive for nearly a year. At 36 he could be nearing the end of his career.

Donaire has not looked notably stronger since moving up from the flyweight division and his opponent has not been stopped since his second fight 17 years ago. It seems likely, therefore, that the fight will go the distance.

The younger Donaire should retain his title, even if a close decision is a possibility.

On the same card, former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios takes a record of 30-0-1; 22 into the ring when he meets Mike Alvarado (33-0; 23) in a WBO light-welterweight title eliminator.

OTHER BELTS ON THE LINE

This weekend, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes will defend his title against Ivan Calderon, a former two-time champion.

Fuentes, a Mexican, has a professional record of 15-1; 7. Calderon’s stands at 35-2-1; 6.

Zaurbek Baysangurov, a 27-year-old from Russia, has to defend his WBO junior middleweight belt against Lukas Konecy in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday night.

The champion has a record of 27-1, with 20 knockouts. The 34-year-old Konecy, who is from the Czech Republic, stands at an impressive 48-2; 23.

And in Toluca, Mexico, Thailand’s Kompayak Porprapook takes an equally outstanding record of 46-3; 31 into the ring when he defends his WBC junior flyweight belt against Adrian Hernandez (24-2-1; 15).



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