Nishioka set for title defense

Kyodo

Toshiaki Nishioka will take on Mexico’s Rafael Marquez in his seventh defense of the WBC super bantamweight title on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas, his Teiken Gym announced Tuesday.

Nishioka, who knocked out Argentinean challenger Mauricio Munoz to retain the belt in Kobe in April, will be attempting to make history as no Japanese champion has ever successfully defended a world title on the U.S. mainland.

Victory would also see Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs), who will be 35 at the time of the fight, become the oldest Japanese boxer to defend a world title, replacing current record holder Daisuke Naito.

The 36-year-old Marquez has won world titles at both bantamweight and super bantamweight and holds a record of 40 wins, 36 by knockout, against six losses.

“If I beat such a well-known boxer in Las Vegas, then my name will be recognized by boxing fans around the world,” said Nishioka.