Source : Inquirer Sports
CARSON, California— Experience and power.
With an eight-year, 16-bout winning run, the 36-year-old Nishioka is still very dangerous despite a year-long hiatus, said the 29-year-old Donaire.
“He has the power and he knows how to set up a punch,” said Donaire, who motored to this Los Angeles county suburb on a nippy Monday evening from his Bay Area training camp. He drove with wife Rachel in a small van emblazoned with his image.
“We don’t want to fall into his traps,” Donaire added. “He’s a veteran and he’s got tricks up his sleeves.”
Instead, Donaire (29-1-0 with 18 knockouts) and his camp devised a plan to cut down the crafty Nishioka (39-4-3 with 24 KOs), who last fought on Oct. 10, 2011, when he decisioned Rafael Marquez to keep his WBC crown. He eventually refused a mandatory defense and gave up the title.
After settling down, Donaire made the rounds of Marriott Manhattan Beach and shadowboxed at the resort hotel’s sprawling grounds.
He’s got a busy schedule ahead with media workouts on Wednesday at the Fortune Gym on Sunset Boulevard.
On Thursday, he sits in a round-table discussion, along with Nishioka and co-main feature Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, in Marriott. Official weigh-in will be on Friday at the same hotel.
Donaire bared that he’s almost 122 pounds, claiming he has no problem making the weight.