SAITAMA, Japan: Naoya Inoue stopped Nonito Donaire halfway by means of the second spherical Tuesday evening, emphatically successful their rematch and unifying three bantamweight world titles.
Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs) wasted no time in his second assembly with Donaire, flattening the veteran champion on the finish of the primary spherical and once more halfway by means of the second. Inoue’s relentless strain and energy ended the battle at 1:24 in Saitama Tremendous Enviornment outdoors Tokyo.
“To have the ability to increase my standing up on the prime, I wanted to win this battle, so I made a decision to make this battle end at this second,” Inoue stated by means of a translator. “I pressured myself, and I did it.”
Inoue added Donaire’s WBC belt to his personal WBA and IBF 118-pound straps together with his fourth consecutive stoppage victory.
The Japanese star often called “Monster” is taken into account one of many world’s prime pound-for-pound abilities. Inoue hopes to unify all 4 main bantamweight titles if he can land a battle with WBO bantamweight champ Paul Butler of England later this yr.
“My purpose is to be the undisputed champion,” Inoue stated. “If I can do this inside 2022, I might love to remain on this division. But when I can’t, I’m able to (transferring up in weight).”
Donaire (42-7) entered his rematch with Inoue apparently assured in his skill to commerce punches on the heart of the ring with the Japanese champion, however Inoue abruptly dropped Donaire with a brief proper hook moments earlier than the bell to finish the primary spherical. Donaire received up comfortably, however Inoue piled on the strain within the second spherical and unloaded on Donaire with one other sequence of correct pictures.
“Within the very first spherical, I acquired the left hook from Nonito, and that punch made me get up and made me focus for this battle,” Inoue stated.
After a brief left hand put Donaire on wobbly legs within the heart of the ring early within the second spherical, Inoue completed him within the nook with a right-left mixture that dropped Donaire to his again on the canvas. Donaire beat the depend, however he didn’t protest a lot when the referee stopped the bout.
Donaire, who will flip 40 later this yr, was stopped for less than the second time in his profession. He had claimed the WBC bantamweight title a yr in the past with a victory over Nordine Oubaali.
Inoue and Donaire first met in November 2019 within the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence bantamweight remaining in the identical enviornment. Donaire stunned a lot of the boxing world together with his tenacious efficiency in opposition to his youthful, favored opponent.
Inoue later revealed his orbital bone had been damaged by Donaire’s left hook within the second spherical, and he fought by means of the primary facial lower of his profession to knock down Donaire within the eleventh spherical on his strategy to a victory by unanimous choice.
Within the rematch, Inoue wasted no time or power in ending his Filipino-American opponent. Donaire has held world titles in 4 divisions throughout his 21-year skilled profession, whereas Inoue has been a world champion in three weight lessons.