Donaire makes bantamweight limit, ready for final with Inoue

Ross Houston
November 9, 2019

It wasn't the one-sided beatdown by Naoya Inoue that many had predicted, but boxing fans and pundits got something better: a modern bantamweight classic between Inoue and Nonito Donaire.

Fil-Am puncher Nonito Donaire likened himself Tuesday to "a wall that needs to be climbed" two days before his clash with Japanese star Naoya "Monster" Inoue in their fight for world bantamweight supremacy in Tokyo.

The three judges scored the bout 116-111, 117-109, 114-113 in favor of Inoue, who improved to 19-0 with 16 knockouts.

However, Donaire (now, 40-6) actually rocked Inoue with a left hook in the second round that had the crowd at the Saitama Sports arena in Japan stunned, as the veteran made it clear that he came to fight.

The younger Inoue controlled the action for most of the fight and certainly, poured it on in the final rounds to capture an easy victory. Oddsmakers have placed Inoue at -1000 ($1,000 wins $100) and Donaire +550 ($100 wins $550).

The boxing even is a bantamweight championship double header also featuring the younger brother of Naoya, Takuma Inoue fighting for his first world title when he takes on French WBC champion Nordine Oubaali in the co-main event.

Adam Smith, director of Sky Sports Boxing, said: "We are very excited that the final of the Naoya Inoue World Super Boxing Series with Nonito Donaire will be live at Sky Sports, in another fantastic addition to our incredible live calendar".

Donaire, who has held world titles in various weight classes throughout his Hall of Fame career, and Inoue shared a special moment after the fight when Inoue went to his opponent's corner and exchanged some positive words in a moment of sportsmanship.

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