Toshiaki Nishioka has decided to retire from boxing and made his official announcement to the press on Nov. 14. The 36-year-old’s retirement is not surprising considering his loss in Oct. to Nonito Donaire. Nishioka claims that he is satisfied with the accomplishments he has accumulated after 18 years in boxing and adds that losing to Donaire was not the only reason for his decision.
Toshiaki Nishioka Retires
Rumors about Nishioka’s retirement began in Oct. 2012, and the former super bantamweight champion finally confirmed them on Nov. 14. After being knocked down by Nonito Donaire during their Oct. 13 fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Toshiaki Nishioka’s poor performance left little doubt about his future. Retirement was the easy and simple solution to the loss.
The 36-year-old ends his career in boxing with a record of 39-5-3 with 24 wins by knockout. With 18 years of experience in the ring, Toshiaki Nishioka is considering the option of becoming a trainer. However, he has not been officially linked to any gyms or organizations at this point and may actually want to open his own facility.
Toshiaki Nishioka’s Thoughts on Nonito Donaire
During his last fight with Nonito Donaire on Oct. 13, Toshiaki Nishioka failed to impress the audience that actually booed the bout. Considered by many critics to be a dull fight, Nishioka seemed to care more about avoiding Donaire than engaging him in the ring. He was knocked down by Donaire in the sixth round, and a technical knockout in the ninth round finally ended the audience’s misery.
Despite ending his boxing career on a loss, Toshiaki Nishioka has mentioned that he is satisfied with his many accomplishments. However, he pointed out, “To be honest, I feel I can still become world champion against anybody except for Nonito Donaire.” Although fans have critiqued his statement in online forums, Nishioka’s attempt to salvage some dignity may actually be his way of trying to prepare for his next career step. Toshiaki Nishioka is interested in becoming a trainer and is looking for a way to open his own gym in Japan.
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