Inoue Takes WBSS Tournament In Classic
Naoya Inoue went the distance not only in the World Boxing Super Series but in his final fight to unify the IBF and WBA “super” bantamweight titles.
Inoue squared off against Nonito Donaire in the finals of the WBSS’ bantamweight tournament and unlike his first two fights, he had a more formidable challenge.
While Inoue found his way to victory, he nearly fell at the hand of Donaire in the ninth round, hitting the canvas in the first knockdown of the twelve round thriller inside the Saitama Super Arena.
Inoue generated a measure of revenge in the 11th round, all but clinching a win on the scorecards with a body shot that devastated Donaire in the 11th- round, but leaving both fighters unable to finish the other.
Judges Luigi Boscarelli (116-111) and Octavio Rodriguez (117-109) scored the ninth round for Inoue despite being knocked down, and Robert Hoyle scored the fight 114-113 for Inoue, scoring the 11th round for Inoue, ensuring a unanimous decision win.
“I think Donaire is a true champion,” Inoue told announcer Ray Flores in the ring. “He’s very strong. I [was] victorious, but I’m not the greatest all-time yet. I think I have to go over [the fight] and get stronger. Next year and on, I’ll keep fighting, I’ll [be] victorious and I wanna be the strongest of all time.”
Report: Boxing Scene