Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire will face each other for the second time on June 7 at the Saitama Super Arena, in Japan. The “Monster” will put his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight Championship and IBF belt on the line against the WBC Filipino champion.
It’s a fight that fans have anticipated for quite some time after the two gave away an excellent show in November 2019.
On that occasion, Inoue won by unanimous decision but not before he suffered and had to struggle with a fractured cheekbone against a Donaire who made his night very difficult.
The excitement and action of that fight left the entire boxing world wanting more and almost three years later there will finally be a rematch.
Inoue has since maintained his supremacy at 118 pounds with wins over Jason Moloney, Michael Dasmarinas and Aran Dipaen in a row. The 28-year-old Zama native has fought in the United States recently and his name continues to grow as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters.
The 39-year-old veteran Donaire has also shown what he is made of and has bounced back nicely since the loss to Inoue. In his next fight, Nonito defeated Nordine Oubaali by knockout to become world champion again, a crown he defended in his most recent bout against Reymart Gaballo.
One of the most awaited rematches in boxing is coming up and Inoue is undefeated in 22 fights, 19 of them won by knockout. Donaire, on the other hand, has a record of 42 wins, 6 losses and 28 knockouts.