Naoya Inoue Vs Nonito Donaire Unification Fight Set For Summer Rematch In Japan
After months of rumors, Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire will officially be meeting again.
Inoue and Donaire are set for their rematch on June 7 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. This time, more will be at stake as Inoue puts his WBA and IBF titles on the line while Donaire risks his WBC strap.
The fight comes after over two years of their first action-packed matchup.
The two met on November 7, 2019 also at the Saitama Super Arena for the bantamweight finals of the World Boxing Super Series.
Inoue, of Japan, went into the fight as the IBF and The Ring bantamweight champion while Donaire, of Philippines, came in as the defending WBA (Super) bantamweight champion.
Both boxers fired continuously at one another, but it was Inoue who came out with the victory via 12-round unanimous decision.
The Japanese star overcame a fractured orbital bone around his right eye to outpoint the “Filipino Flash.” The scorecards read 114-13, 117-109 and 116-111.
Inoue sealed the victory with a body shot knockdown in the 11th round. The fight was regarded by many outlets as Fight of the Year in 2019.
Inoue has yet to be defeated, winning all 22 of his fights with 19 knockouts. Donaire, meanwhile, bounced back from the loss with knockout victories over Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo, who he stripped the WBC world bantamweight title from.
Both boxers are known for their punching power.
The fight will air in Japan, but US television distribution rights have yet to be announced.