Naoya Inoue-Nonito Donaire II: Stats & Stakes

Can he do the same?

Although the results were questionable when the last bell rang in 2019, what happened in the 12 rows left a lasting impression. Naoya Inoue could have won nine times against Nonito Donaire to combine two titles and win the World Boxing Super Series. Nine of them did not come easily. Inoue struggled with a broken nose and orbital bone, and hit late and showed that his grit and chin were as strong as flaws that looked good from the start.

It was the Annual War, the highest conflict between the youth and the events. Repeat still with mix (ESPN +, 5:30 AM EST).

Both men have not been defeated since the first race. In the midst of three wins, Inoue set off an impressive knock from Jason Moloney. Donaire also won another belt in a match courtesy of Nordine Oubaali. They will meet again, to reunite, clearly two of the best bantamweights in the world.

Donaire, enjoying his second season in class, is 7-1 at the weight of his career. Inoue is the only person to beat Donaire at 118 lbs. Inoue is 7-0 in the class. Donaire is the only person who lives far away.

Can Donaire return the defeat? Can Inoue complete the repetition?

Let’s get into it.

Statistics and Stakes

Naoya Inoue

Zaka: 29

Subject: Ring Magazine / IBF Bantamweight (2019-Present, 4 Defenses); WBA Bantamweight (2019-Present, 3 Defenses)

Old Names: no

Height: 5; 5

Weight: 118 lbs.

Standards: Orthodox

They come from: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Write: 22-0, 19 KO

Media layout: # 1 (TBRB, ESPN, BoxRec)

Write in the Big Wars: 15-0, 13 KO (17-0, 15 KO plus minor fights)

Final Five Opponents: 122-10-1 (.921)

Known Results, TBRB and / or Voted Enemies: Ryoichi Taguchi UD10; Adrian Hernandez TKO6; Omar Narvaez KO2; Kohei Kono TKO6; Jamie McDonnell TKO1; Juan Carlos Payano KO1; Emanuel Rodriguez KO2; Nonito Donaire UD12; Jason Moloney KO7

Additional / Alternative Names Experienced: none


Nonito Donaire

Zaka: 39

Names: WBC Bantamweight (2021-Present, 1 Defense)

Previous Topics: IBF Flyweight (2007-09, 3 Defenses); WBC / WBO Bantamweight (2011-12, 1 Defense); WBO Super Bantamweight (2012-13, 3 Defenses; 2015-16, 1 Defense); IBF Super Bantamweight (2012); Lineal World Jr. Featherweight (2012-13, 1 Defense), WBA Featherweight (2014); WBA “Super” bantamweight (2018-19, 1 Defense)

Height: 5; 7 ½

Weight: 117¾ ku.

Standards: Orthodox

They come from: San Leandro, California (Born in the Philippines)

Write: 42-6, 28 KO, 1 KOBY

Media layout: # 1 (Ring), # 2 (TBRB, ESPN, BoxRec)

Write in the Big Wars: 17-4, 12 KO, 1 KOBY (19-5, 13 KO, 1 KOBY plus long-range fights)

Final Five Opponents: 96-1-3 (.975)

Known Results, TBRB and / or Voted Enemies: Vic Darchinyan TKO5, TKO9; Pastor Mthalane TKO6; Raul Martinez TKO4; Wladimir Sidorenko KO4; Fernando Montiel TKO2; Omar Narvaez UD12; Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. SD12; Jeffrey Mathebula UD12; Toshiaki Nishioka TKO9; Guillermo Rigondeaux L12; Simpiwe Vetyeka Tech. Dec. 5; Nicholas Walters TKO and 6; Jessie Magdaleno L12; Carl Frampton L12; Ryan Burnett RTD4; Naoya Inoue L12; Nordine Oubaali KO4

Additional / Alternative Names Experienced: Hernan Marquez TKO8; Jorge Arce KO3

Choice: Donaire seems to be fighting more easily in his last two fights than it has been in the long run. With intellectual prowess and enjoyment of his work, and the combination could make Donaire even more dangerous in repetitive play than he was in the beginning. Donaire knows he could hurt Inoue. Especially for the first time, Inoue should be alert and careful.

Inoue knows he could hurt Donaire again. He could have stopped him in the last 11th line with slightly different directors and Inoue will remember that shooting was a ticket. In the fight against an old fighter, physical activity is often a waste of money.

Inoue has a lot of good things she did for the first time. He’s still young, he’s still fast, and his feet can help drive the mines while avoiding Donaire on the left. When Donaire resumed Inoue’s loss with two excellent runs, he has never been reciprocated by a man like Inoue since. The rest is a reality but for a fighter now 39, the punishment could increase dramatically.

The idea here is that Inoue will be more defensive, quicker smart, and more physically aggressive. Donaire has given Inoue a lot to think about and he has a chance to be disappointed but to make a wise choice with the youngster. Inoue is finishing what he started this season, probably in the second half of the fight. It will not be boring.

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Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of the BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. They can be reached at


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