By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese prodigy Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) defeated five-time champ Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire by a unanimous decision (117-109, 116-111, 114-113) over twelve hard-fought rounds, won the WBSS bantamweight final and unified the WBA/IBF belts before a well-packed crowd of more than 20,000 on Thursday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
“Monster” Inoue dropped Donaire with a vicious body shot midway in the eleventh, but failed to finish the affair due to Nonito’s determination and durability. It was a good fight.
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