Nonito Donaire will be looking to take out the unbeaten pound-for-pound star Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue to bring him down to earth in their rematch on Tuesday night June 7th on ESPN+.
Three of the four bantamweight titles will be fought over in this fight. The start time for the event is 5:30 a.m. ET, which means it won’t be seen live by many Americans.
Inoue is going to need to stay in one piece in this fight for him to have a shot at winning because Donaire was breaking his face apart piece by piece last time they fought.
Donaire has looked like a completely different fighter since his loss to Inoue three years ago.
That defeat instilled confidence in Nonito, making him realize that he’s a killer at 118, and capable of beating Inoue if he can land more of his shots than last time.
WBC bantamweight champion Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs) lost to IBF/WBA champion Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs) in their fight in 2019 after getting off to a bad start, but he hurt him in the later rounds of the fight.
At the end of the contest, Inoue looked like the loser, with a broken nose, fractured left orbital bone, and cut right eye.
Nothing has changed since the two met. If anything, Donaire is even more powerful, destroying Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo in a pair of fourth-round knockouts.
Donaire took Inoue’s best shots and kept coming, inflicting punishment on the Japanese star. Although Inoue had the crowd on his side at the Saitama Super Arena in 2019,
it didn’t stop Donaire from going after him nonstop, unloading with powerful left hooks and right hands that rearranged the Japanese star’s face.