Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 results : After scoring the alternate-round finish over a tough opponent, Inoue added a third heavyweight title to his collection. Three times after the most delicate and dangerous fight of his career, unified heavyweight champion Naoya Inoue made his rematch against unborn Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire look easy on Tuesday morning in their long-awaited rematch in Japan.
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Inoue( 23- 0, 20 KOs) unified Donaire’s WBC title with his own WBA and IBF belts at 118 pounds. He continued to claim pound-for-pound stylish in the world following a sizzling alternate-round TKO at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
The rematch proved to be nothing like their first meeting in 2019, when Inoue fought through a broken nose and orbital bone to outlive the timeless wonder Donaire in a junction bout that served as the final of the World Boxing Super Series event. Indeed though Donaire, 39, recaptured a world title in 2021 with a brace of resurgent palms, he looked like a faded fighter in the face of Inoue’s destructive power.
” It was two times and seven months agone.
I fought against Nonito Donaire at the WBSS final and returned at the same venue,” Donaire said through a translator.” At the veritably first round, I entered the left hook from Nonito, and that punch made me wake up for the rest of the fight.” Inoue, the 29- time-old three-division champion, absorbed Donaire’s power well in the opening round before landing a right cross of his own that dropped the Filipino legend.” I saw the videotape( of the first fight), and I knew this( punch) would be the one,” Inoue said.
Fighting with no deficit of confidence, fresh off a triad of knockout triumphs since their first meeting, Inoue continued his dominant power punching in the alternate round. He wobbled the 39- time-old Donaire with a left hook and continued to hurt him with his right hand until an alternate left hook left Donaire looking like he was ready to go.
One further left hook dropped Donaire at an alternate time and adjudicator Michael Griffin incontinently gestured the fight off at 124.
After the fight, Inoue participated in his stopgap of farther unifying titles at 118 pounds, which could come in an undisputed crown bout against current WBO winner John Riel Casimero, who was listed to face Donaire in a 2021 junction only for the fight to fall piecemeal.
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Donaire( 42- 7, 28 KOs) won titles in four divisions and was ranked as high as the top three pound-for-pound courting back to 2013. But he has navigated an inspirational rejuvenescence in recent times following multiple title defeats at 122 and 126 pounds before deciding to move back down to heavyweight for this memorable twilight run.