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.