Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 Live Boxing fans will be treated in the middle of the week as Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire look back on the 2019 classics. The bantamweight unification clash will occur on Tuesday at Saitama Super Arena (5 am, ESPN+).
Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 Live Inoue and Donaire’s first meeting was a nearly unanimous choice for the 2019 Fight of the Year among the boxing media. The match was the final of an ambitious World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament.
Donaire (42-6, 28 KO) entered the tournament thinking that many were far beyond his prime and lost to Jesse Magdaleno and Carl Frampton in two of the last three. Donaire won his first two fights in the WBSS tournament but did not make it to the final as Inoue calmed down many concerns about the current form. In the first round, Burnett defeated Ryan Burnett after suffering a back injury in just four rounds of the fight, and the semi-final match was against Zolani Tete’s successor, Stephen Young.
But given a shot at Inoue, one of the best fighters in the world, Donaire still has a lot of skills to see him win 30 consecutive battles from 2001 to 2012. He showed that he has won world titles in flyweight, super bantamweight, bantamweight, and super bantamweight. In his 35th professional battle, Donaire also added a featherweight world title to his already impressive collection.
Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 Live kick-off time
Date: Tuesday, June 7
Main card: 5:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. BST
Main event ring walks (approx): 7:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
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Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 Live Inoue’s (22-0, 19 KO) speed was a major factor in the match against Donaire, but Donaire never retreated, showing off his trademark left hook and a brutal right hand. Both men hurt their opponents throughout the fight before Inoue was able to pull away in the second half, including a knockdown of the body shot in the 11th round. Inoue finally won the battle with scores of 114-113, 116-111, and 117-. 109, but Donaire’s performance showed that he had a lot left to offer in the ring.
“Nonito is more special than anyone else in ranking him in the fighters I’ve faced before,” Inoue said in an interview with Boxing Scene. “I still have a lot of things I want to do in my career and I see this fight as a checkpoint like any other fight.
“It’s very impressive to beat Uvali and Gavaro, who are neither easy opponents, in four rounds. I can imagine Donaire doing a lot of hard work at the gym.”
Donaire was out of the ring in 2021 until he knocked out Nordine Oubaali in the fourth round to win the WBC title and then held the belt in the fourth round of knockout. This time it surpassed Raymart Bavaro.
Inoue’s nickname “The Monster” is appropriate given his overwhelming power to defeat all but three career opponents. Inoue won world titles in junior flyweight, junior bantamweight, and bantamweight before becoming one of the Pounds for Pound elite sports.
Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 Live Bio
NAOYA INOUE JR. RECORD AND BIO
Date of Birth: April 10, 1993
Height: 5′ 5″
Total Fights: 22
Record: 22-0 (19 KOs)
NONITO DONAIRE RECORD AND BIO
Date of Birth: November 16, 1982
Height: 5′ 7″
Total Fights: 48
Record: 42-6 (28 KOs)
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Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 Live FIGHT CARD
Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire for the IBF, WBA, and WBC Bantamweight titles
Takuma Inoue vs. Gakuya Furuhashi for the WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Super Bantamweight titles
Andy Hiraoka vs. Shun Akaiwa; for Hiraoka’s Japanese Super Lightweight title
Toshiya Ishii vs. Hikaru Fukunaga; Super Bantamweight
Kaname Sakama vs. Fuki Ishigaki; Light Flyweight
Minori Okamura vs. Kota Matsuno; Welterweight
Chihiro Iwashita vs. Seiru Yamana; Super Featherweight