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But Nishioka attended Donaire's win against Mathebula last month, thinking there was a good chance he would make his return if he could land a fall fight with Donaire."No question that Nishioka is a tougher fight [than Arce]," Top Rank's Carl Moretti said. "He's a southpaw, fast, experienced, he can box. He's really not an easy guy to fight no matter who you are, so Donaire will truly be tested. You want to make the best fights for Donaire and clearly this is one of them." Alvarado-Rios features two of boxing's most exciting fighters, and on paper at least, the bout looks like a can't-miss slugfest. "HBO wanted two great matchups," Arum said. "That's what we're giving them. This [Rios-Alvarado] match could be the first of a trilogy like [Arturo] Gatti-[Micky] Ward." "It's unfair to make Gatti-Ward comparisons. You don't want to do that so let's not go there, but the size and style of Alvarado and Rios bleeds -- literally and figuratively -- that this will be something special," Moretti said. "They are both so mentally tough and physically strong. They both have that innate ability to endure pain in order to inflict it." Alvarado's last two fights -- against Mauricio Herrera and Breidis Prescott -- were sensational brawls. In April, Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs), 32, of Denver, outpointed Herrera in a leading fight of the year candidate. Rios, 26, of Oxnard, Calif., was due to face Herrera on Donaire's July 7 undercard but withdrew because of a sore elbow that has since healed. Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) was forced to move up to the 140-pound junior welterweight division after failing to make the lightweight limit of 135 pounds for two consecutive fights: a title defense against John Murray in December that resulted in Rios being stripped of the belt (but getting an 11th-round knockout win) and an April fight for the still-vacant belt against Richard Abril (which Rios won via highly controversial split decision but was again not eligible to win the title). "I think you'll see a much better Brandon Rios at this weight, and he's fought a better competition that Alvarado," Moretti said. "But Alvarado, when it comes to putting boxers in certain categories, I can't think of too many guys who apply the constant pressure he does on another fighter. He'll just walk you down and walk you down. And Brandon is the kind of fighter who will be right there to meet him head on."