Donaire Jr. faces Japan’s Inoue in world title unification rematch

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Nonito Donaire Jr. and Noaya Inoue will go at it again today, June 7 in a world title unification rematch for the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight belts at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Donaire Jr. and Inoue first fought back in 2019 in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series, wherein they fought for the IBF and WBA titles. Inoue beat Donaire Jr. by unanimous decision also at the Super Arena.

Donaire Jr., however, showed a lot of grit and heart and also proved that Inoue isn’t unbeatable.

After his loss to Inoue, Donaire Jr. revived his boxing career and dethroned then-unbeaten WBC bantamweight king Nordine Oubaali via a fourth round knockout in 2021. He also followed up that win with a successful title defense against fellow Pinoy Reymart Gaballo, who he also stopped in four rounds last year.

In the meantime, Inoue continued to dominate the bantamweight division and defended his title three times after his win over Donaire Jr. The 29-year-old Inoue knocked out challengers Jason Moloney, Michael Dasmarinas and Aran Dipaen.

Donaire Jr. tipped the scales at 117.7 pounds, while Inoue weighed-in at 117.9 pounds.

Despite being 39 years old, Donaire Jr. hopes to become the undisputed bantamweight world champion with a win over Inoue. Paul Butler is the only other bantamweight champion and holds the World Boxing Organization bantamweight belt.

Donaire Jr. is 42-6 with 28 knockouts, while Inoue is 22-0 with 19 knockouts.

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