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[LIVE BLOG] Nonito Donaire vs Toshiaki Nishioka

Battle for IBF and WBO Super Bantamweight championship and vacant WBC Diamond Super Bantamweight

  • Who's excited? "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire is about to battle Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka in this much anticipated face-off between the Super Bantamweight division's best fighters!
  • Meanwhile, Rios and Alvarado are inside the ring before the main event
  • Carlos Cinco here live blogging for the Donaire-Nishioka event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California
  • Up next: Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22KO) vs Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23KO)
  • In case you missed our advancer on the fight written by Carlos Cinco himself, catch up: Donaire and Nishioka ready for war. Read: www.rappler.com
  • Two undefeated KO artists going up against each other now. Someone's "O" has gotta go! Let's get going!
  • This should be an awesome fight. Both fighters are definitely not known for their defense. It's going to be a fist fight from start to finish.
  • Round 1! Here we go!
  • Round 1: Alvarado lands a good counter left, rocks Rios a bit. Rios answers back with a good left hook of his own. Alvarado with a good combination.
  • Alvarado controlling the tempo. Rios has some good moments but Alvarado is boxing well.
  • Rios is a real banger. Just uses his strength to try to run Alvarado over.
  • Great first round but I gotta give it slightly to Alvarado for controlling the tempo more.
  • Lots of intensity in the first round alone! Remember the Rios-Alvarado fight is a 10-rounder, not a 12-rounder
  • Round 2: Rios still stalking, keeping his head on the chest of Alvarado. Just ripping hard shots right now. Alvarado answers. It's a fan-friendly fight. BOOOOOM! Alvarado lands a hard shot!
  • Rappler gives the first round to Alvarado although judging from Twitter alone, analysts are split on who to give that round to. Others give Rios a slight edge
  • Rios just keeps fighting back. Alvarado just letting it go right now! Straight right! Huge uppercut lands for Alvarado!
  • Rios is a machine. He just keeps punching and punching! Wow nice left hook on the inside by Rios!
  • I think Rios steals the round with those hard shots at the end. Round to Rios.
  • Now this is what you call a fight! Rios and Alvarado duking it out! No feeling out for these two -- straight to the action!
  • Round 3: Alvarado sticking the jab in Rios' face. Rios just wants to bang. Pure brawler. Alvarado is busier, throws more and lands more.
  • This will come down to who's got a better chin. Alvarado stuns Rios with a left cross.
  • Rappler scorecard so far: Rios 19 - Alvarado 19. We have it even after Round 2
  • Rios lands a big left. Straight right by Alvarado stuns Rios again. Wow! These guys have great beards on them. Amazing
  • Round to Alvarado. Landed more, stunned Rios on numerous occasions. I can't imagine this fight going the distance at this pace.
  • Rios SMILES after getting hit by Alvarado
  • Rios is smiling but that's usually a sign that he got hurt. Let's go! Round 4!
  • Rappler scorecard, end of round 3: Alvarado - 29, Rios - 28
  • From @HBOboxing: Through three rounds, HBO PunchZone has Rios landing 83 punches, Alvarado 67.
  • Alvarado prancing around, playing some defense. Alvarado rips a hard shot to Rios. Rios looks tired with his mouth hanging open. Rios starting to land harder shots. Looks to take this round.
  • Nice left by Alvarado followed by a good combination! BOOOOM
  • What a fight!!! Both fighters giving everything they got! Round slightly to Rios. But good end moment there from Alvarado.
  • If this goes to the cards, it's going to be very close. There's no way anyone can score a fight like this!
  • Round 5: Rios attempting to box, throwing some jabs from the outside. Right hand by Alvarado shocks Rios! Wow! Another right!
  • Very close round! Alvarado face is swelling! Rappler has it even after Round 4: 38-38
  • Rios! What a chin! Anyone else and they would've kissed the canvas already. Shoulder to shoulder in-fighting. It's all action!
  • Wooooooow! What a combination from Alvarado!!!
  • Alvarado is going for broke! So is Rios! What a round! Craaaaazy!!!
  • Rios looks really groggy. Round to Alvarado for 2 great combination sets!
  • Round 6: Alvarado smells blood, rips a straight right hand down the middle, knocks Rios' head backwards. Another right wobbles Rios' head.
  • Crowd in favor of Rios but Alvarado is winning this round.
  • What an exchange! Wow! Rappler has it 48-47 for Alvarado after Round 5
  • From @HBOBoxing: Through 5, Rios has landed 118 punches to 138 from Alvarado, according to HBO PunchZone.
  • After Round 5, fight is halfway done.
  • Alvarado lands another big shot! Rios answers with some good uppercuts. Wild shot from Rios lands!!!! Staggers Alvarado!!!
  • What amazing heart by Rios! I think Rios steals that round with that huge shot! Round to Rios!
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