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Naoya Inoue: Donaire Has Great Record But I'll Beat Him

By Elliot Foster

Naoya Inoue blasted his way through to the final of the World Boxing Super Series with a scintillating stoppage win.

The WBA ‘regular’ champion at bantamweight took on Puerto Rico’s IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez.

Inoue, whose last fight was a 70-second demolition of Juan Carlos Payano, will go on to face Nonito Donaire in the showpiece of the tournament, with the winner coming out with the Muhammad Ali Trophy and the Ring Magazine title.


The fight, exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN Stateside, took place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Inoue had Rodriguez down three times in two rounds before the referee, Michael Alexander, called a halt to proceedings at one minute and 19 seconds of the second stanza.

“I came out looking to perform impressively and I did that tonight,” ‘The Monster’ said afterwards. “I’ve always had a good feeling and I wanted to keep that up. He came out in the first round and gave me a lot of pressure. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out after the first round but I got the win.

“I felt very much at home and I’m very appreciative of Glasgow for that.”

Donaire, for his part in the Super Series, beat Ryan Burnett in the quarter-finals after the Ulsterman was forced away from the ring through injury.

He was then meant to take on WBO champion Zolani Tete, but the South African suffered a shoulder injury and ‘Filipino Flash’ instead knocked out Stephon Young, the reserve, inside six rounds at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana to make it to the final.

“Nonito has a great career record and I respect him a lot. I look forward to fighting him, but I just don’t know how yet,” Inoue added. “I’ll go to the drawing board again, work on it and come back to the tournament to beat Nonito.”

Donaire responded, in his usual gentlemanly fashion, saying: “It was destiny for us to meet each other at some point. He’s a fighter with great power, great intelligence and that makes me feel like I’m 21 again because it excites me.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BestPR on 05-22-2019

...Nonito has way too much experience, power, speed, and intelligence for this buckethead...Donaire by brutal knockout!!!

Comment by ceylon mooney on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=HeadShots;19762039]Let Nonito catch this dude with 1 left hook. That's all I ask.[/QUOTE] man im DYIN to see how the monster handles gettin hit like that. monster is basically in the same position as donaire was back when he first…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-22-2019

Monster will be too fast, too accurate for old man Donut Air. He will quit or be stopped early rounds. He will then retire. Monster is no joke. He'll be on top for the next several years... the one all…

Comment by cork on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=angkag;19763174]Ooubali is calling out Inoue (Naoya) and saying he has the punch power and tactics to beat him after he's dealt with his voluntary TBA on July 6, and after knocking out Naoya's brother Takuma (his mandatory after July 6).…

Comment by angkag on 05-21-2019

Ooubali is calling out Inoue (Naoya) and saying he has the punch power and tactics to beat him after he's dealt with his voluntary TBA on July 6, and after knocking out Naoya's brother Takuma (his mandatory after July 6).…

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