When: October 13, 2012 - 7:00PM
Why: World Super Bantamweight Championship
Location: Los Angeles, ADT Event Center Home Depot
The Super Powers of the junior featherweight and the junior welterweight divisions will do more than flex their muscles when they battle for supremacy, mano a mano, in a sensational night of championship boxing.
In what is surely one of the best HBO televised double-headers in recent memory, that will feature a 122-pound title unification bout between WBO/ IBF super bantamweight Champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire Vs. the WBC Emeritus champion Toshiaki “Speed King” Nishioka of Japan, that will be a superbly technical, fast-paced chess match that will gather momentum and develop into a full blown war.
The co-main event though may steal the show in a bout that promises to be a action movie played out in the ring as former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs), takes on No. 1 contender Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) that take place on October 13th at the Home Depo Center in Carson, California.
The 29-year-old Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KO), who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, won his first super bantamweight crown (WBO) in his first try, when he beat Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in the 122-pound class last February in San Antonio, Texas. He added the IBF belt by beating former South African champ Jeffrey Mathebula last July at the same arena where he will fight Nishioka. This will be the toughest test for Donaire since moving up to 122.
At age 36, Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KO), has campaigned at the 122-pound weight division for much of his career. Nishioka won the WBC version of the belt in 2008 and has defended it successfully since then. He was elevated to an Emeritus Champion by the WBC this year for this accomplishment and his last fight was in October of 2011, beating Rafael Marquez in Las Vegas.
Win or lose, if Nishioka puts on a good performance with Donaire, it will be great for Japanese boxing to be noticed by the world, especially with Ryota Murata winning the middleweight gold medal, and Satoshi Shimizu the bantamweight bronze medal for Japan in the London Olympics this month.
In an April fight in Las Vegas, Alvarado outlasted Mauricio Herrera over a back-and-forth action exchange that already has votes on fight-of-the-year lists. That bout was on the undercard of Rios'controversial split-decision victory over Richard Abril.
Rios (30-0-1, 22 KO) and Alvarado (33-0, 23 KO) are pound-for-pound two of the most exciting fighters in the sport, and both should shine faced against a fellow come-forward brawler. There is some question of whether or not Rios, a former lightweight titlist, will fare as well stepping up to 140 pounds, and we'll be finding that out against a top ten guy in the division rather than a tune-up. This one could well be downright barbaric.
Opening Boxing Lines at Bookmaker Sportsbook - Nonito Donaire ( -220 ) Vs. Toshiaki Nishioka ( +180 ).
The current World Super Bantamweight Championship boxing line has Nonito Donaire as the boxing favorite at -220, meaning you have to risk $220 to $100. Toshiaki Nishioka is this fights underdog, that has value at +180, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $180. Current odds.
Total Rounds Betting
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. The current total rounds betting line has the Over 9.5 Rounds ( -240 ). Meaning that if you think the fight is going to go to at least 10 rounds for you to win your bet. You will need to bet $240 to win $100. The Under 9.5 Rounds ( +200 ), meaning you need to risk $100 to win $200.
The opening line on Toshiaki Nishioka Vs. Nonito Donaire Over/Under is at 9.5 Rounds with the Over at -240 Odds at Bookmaker.eu.
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Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire wins by ninth round TKO. Donaire stopped Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka in the ninth round to win by technical knockout and retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) at Home Depot Center.
Brandon Rios defeated Mike Alvarado via TKO at 1:57 in the 7th round. From the first round, Rios and Alvarado engaged in a brutal war that left little doubt about their determination to win the junior welterweight fight. The action was close throughout the night with both men vying to dominate, and Rios landed 33 percent of his punches compared to Alvarado's 31 percent.
Referee Pat Russell's decision to stop the fight in the seventh round to award a TKO has been criticized, and Mike Alvarado objected by claiming he could have kept going, but would it have made a difference? Alvarado was clearly tired by the seventh round, and the fight was likely to simply end with a knockout at that point.
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