Inoue-Donaire WBSS final Nov 7 in Japan

Japan’s ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) and legendary Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) clash for the 118lb Ali Trophy at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on November 7.

Inoue has sent shockwaves throughout boxing and the wider world of sport with his quarter-final and semi-final performances. The ‘Monster’s total fight time in the tournament is incredible 5 minutes and 29 seconds against the likes of Emmanuel Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Payano.

Donaire won his quarter-final when Ryan Burnett was forced to retire after four rounds due to a lower back injury. Donaire got another break in the semis when IBF champ Zolani Tete pulled out with an injury and he instead faced late sub Stephon Young, getting a sixth round TKO.

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  • Donaire is too old to drain down to 118 (at least against a top fighter in his home country). Donaire has the punch to test a chin at any weight. But Donaire was fine moving up to 122. He was a bit too small for 126, but he outgrew 118 a long time ago. And Donaire has never fought in Japan. This kind of fight is a long shot for Donaire.
    But, two fights ago, Donaire decided he wanted to be at 118 again, that’s his right to make $ fighting in Japan.

  • Not bad to be his last fight (I guess) because Inoue will pu him down, weather flat on his back or face first to the canvas. The Rigondeaux fight ruined Donaire’s boxing career, he lost his soul in that fight. Today, what keep him going on is just the need of money and sort of skills and punching power left over, but I am afraid Inoue will bring him to reality, to the mandatoty retiremen

  • I think this is not going to end well for Donaire. But who knows, he has the experience.

    • He has no chance whatsoever Nicholas Walters beat him up badly i cant see this going two rounds.

  • Inoue is on a different level to most guys. I am a fan of Donaire but I cant see what he will bring to this fight that will give him a chance. Inoue is in the top 3 pound for pound and will contiune to provie how good he is.

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