It’s official, Toshiaki Nishioka is now the first Japanese world champion boxer to successfully defend his title on American soil!
Sadly, I was unable to watch the fight this evening, as I don’t get the channel it aired on, but from what I read it was a wash for Nishioka.
I hope Barkers’ alright, as I’ve never seen a guy wilt to the canvas without taking a solid shot the way he did.
It reeks of an injury or lack of will to continue, but I’d hate to hear he had a brain bleed or something.
Enough with that shit, back to the Azn celebration!
Rafael Marquez has been getting long in the tooth ever since his costly series of fights against Israel Vasquez, so in many ways I guess he was the perfect opponent for Nishioka to test mettle against.
That is, he entered the ring shopworn, but still strong and bearing solid name-recognition.
In any case, I am immensely proud of Nishioka for his historic victory, and I greatly look forward to watching the fight to see just how well he did.
Despite this, as much as I’ll root for him, in all honestly I don’t see Nishioka being able to handle the likes of Nonito Donaire.
Like I said though, I’ll still be rooting for him, should that fight materialize in the near future.
Scores: 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113, Nishioka UD 12