Inoue defeats Donaire in World Boxing Super Series final

Ross Houston
November 10, 2019

Naoya Inoue overcame the courageous Nonito Donaire to claim a points victory as he unified two world bantamweight belts in the World Boxing Super Series final.

Donaire rose but lost unanimously 116-111 117-109 114-113 on the scorecards. He said after the fight that he had double vision for the rest of the bout.

"Donaire was very, very tough for me", Inoue said through a translator.

Now ranked fourth in Ring Magazine's pound-for-pound ratings, Inoue will be put on the world map in 2020 as part of Top Rank's plans for him to fight twice in the United States before another home bout in Japan later in the year. "Thank you all for coming on a Thursday night!"


Nonito Donaire tries to beat the count.

"I have a tough fight against Casimero on November 30 but, God willing I come through, I definitely want to fight Inoue". "If I did, I could've been hit with (Donaire's) left".

Donaire landed a potentially jaw-denting straight right in the ninth round but Inoue showed great recuperative ability to ride out the effects of the blow and evade the onslaught that followed.

But Donaire, capitalizing on his slyness, had his moments, too.


He looked close to stopping Filipino Donaire in round five but came under pressure himself in eight, only to drop his rival with a body shot in the 11th. "This is boxing. It's not an easy business and I realized that through today's match". Ive said it before, the World Boxing Super Series brings the best against the best. He took damage a few times, which I'd never seen before. By the end of the seventh round, the marks began to show on Donaire's face as his right eye was swelling. "This win is such a valuable win".

"That was a fight for the ages", Kalle Sauerland, the WBSS promoter, told Business Insider after the event. The boxing gods are smiling at us tonight.”. "That was the pinnacle of the sport". In his fourth pro fight, he bested Ryoichi Taguchi over 10 rounds to win the Japanese light flyweight title.

Oubaali asserted that he is the best in the bantamweight class and wanted to fight Naoya, who expressed his desire to make the showdown a reality.

On Inoue's deal with Top Rank, Sauerland added: "It's great to see that the WBSS has given Inoue this audience during this past year and I wish him all the success now and in the United States as well". Before facing Donaire, Donaire had only fought for less than six minutes by scoring quick knockouts over Juan Carlos Payano and Emmanuel Rodriguez in the tournament quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.


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