2011-10-01 Toshiaki Nishioka w pts 12 Rafael Marquez, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA - WBC

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2011-10-01 Toshiaki Nishioka w pts 12 Rafael Marquez, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA - WBC. Referee: Kenny Bayless. Scorecards: 115-113, 116-112, 117-111.

Unable to make a defence in the short term due to personal problems, Nishioka was stripped of the title in early March 2012 and a match was made between Abner Mares and Eric Morel to find a successor.