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The veteran Japanese star Toshiaki Nishioka announced retirement from boxing and is hanging up his boxing gloves for good. Nishioka was knockout by Donaire in his previous super bantamweight championship fight in hope to regain world title.
“I have done what I should do. I am fully satisfied with my boxing career,” the 36-year-old left-hander told a press conference in Tokyo. “I have experienced excitement many times through 18 years as a pro boxer.” …
“I am confident of becoming champion again if I fight boxers other than Donaire,” said Nishioka, who is set to open a gym and train young boxers.
“But I cannot think of any better fight than the one I had with him.”
Before his fight with Donaire I have a feeling already that if Nishioka will be beaten and shall we say will be knockout badly by Donaire–he will definitely retire from boxing. The aging Nishioka who had a sterling career deserve to call it quit after defeated by one of boxing pound for pound best.
Nishioka during that fight, not just come to survive but to come to win, although he knows that he is up for a younger and powerful fighter he didn’t refuse to bring it on that is why he got open and Donaire capitalize the opportunity and knocked him out inside round eight.
I salute to Nishioka and good-luck to his new gym and his intention to train young fighters who love the sweet science.