Inoue-Donaire WBSS kickoff press conference

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese prodigy Naoya “Monster” Inoue will face Nonito Donaire of the Philippines in the bantamweight final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) in Saitama city, Japan, on November 7. It was officially announced with the presence of both contestants today (Monday) by Ohashi Promotions, presided by former WBC/WBA 105-pound champion Hideyuki Ohashi.
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“Filipino Flash” Donaire is the WBA super champ, while “Monster” Inoue is the WBA unified champ and IBF ruler. It will take place at the Saitama Super Arena, the maximum capacity of which is 37,000. In a companion world title go, Naoya’s younger brother, also unbeaten WBC interim bantam champ Takuma Inoue will cope with WBC champ Nordine Oubaali of France for WBC unification.

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    • will gobert: we know that all your fights end in knock outs but are you saying that donaire will get knocked out or get the knock out? you sentence above makes no sense.

  • donaire has fought better competition in his boxing career his more experienced than inoue, who has inou fought?

    • The level of Donaire’s opposition in the last two years was more or less the same as Inoue’s.

      Inoue was the busier fighter these past few years, and he’s in a good rhythm, knocking out almost everyone brutally.

      I see the difference mostly in age. A prime Donaire against a current Inoue would have been very interesting fight. At this point, however, Inoue has more speed, power and endurance than Donaire.

      Donaire was stellar in his prime time, but these days are gone. He has plenty of experience and is still very good, but Inoue is an exceptional rising star.

      My prediction: Inoue by points or KO, but I lean toward a brutal KO.

  • Super champ and unified champ. Time for the writers of these articles to stop giving credence to this nonsense.

    • I agree with you totally. It is the press that gives power to the insanity of the alphabet gangs.

  • I reffed both these athletes and they both superb in skills and power; but the youth is the “Monster” side. It’ll be interesting how the Monster will hold up if he get tagged real well. Pickem fight. Good luck to Hoth and get it “Poppin!”

  • This fight came very late in Donaire’s boxing career. My money on him if this fight had happened the time when Nonito obliterated Montiel and Arce (around 2011). This time is just a shell of that powerful fighter that will face a guy like him back then. Inoue will end this fight in a brutal display of power and most likely will end Nonito Donaire boxing career. Inoue within 4 rounds

  • That’s Donaire’s wife right? See, I know people will laugh at this comments but she doesn’t belong in the fighter-pose pictures. If she’s at the press conference table and she’s his manager or whatever, I’ll let that slide. But being up under him every second including the posing of fighters lets me know there’s gonna be too much drama leading up to the fight for Nonito. She needs to step back from certain parts of the festivities. Man up Nonito!! It’s kinda like Keith Thurman Jr kissing all on his wife in the dressing room while he’s gloved up and ready for a fight. Take your seat and get outta the way beeatch!

  • Donaire should go to Walmart or Target and purchase some vaseline & Lipstick. Donaire will be Monster’s bitch for a good 11 minutes or less.

  • Donaire is only in this final because The Irish guy who he took his title from got injured in that fight, and then the South African Tete got injured before. Donaire is truly a hall of fame, but fighting in Japan, he really has no chance, and he is way past his best years. Inoue is also a possible hall of fame, but my questioning of him is that he could have stayed at Super flyweight, only a three pound difference, and look who boxes in that division compared to the bantamweights. Estrada, Nietes, Gonzalez, that Thai fighter, even his fellow countrymen Ioka. this is not to say that Inoue would not beat those boxers, but it seems he might have taken an easier way to win all those titles. I would think that the big fight for him in the Batam weight division would be Luis Nery.

    • Why dont you ask why estrada etc don’t try to fight inoue at 118? After all, like you said, it is 3 pound difference?

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