Inoue TKOs Donaire in 2nd, unifies 3 belts

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JAPANESE superstar Naoya Inoue unified the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight belts with a second round technical knockout of aging Filipino icon Nonito Donaire Jr. on June 7 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Unlike the first fight, Inoue didn’t waste any time and immediately dropped Donaire Jr. in the opening round. He caught Donaire Jr. with a countee right straight to the temple. Donaire Jr. stood up, beat the count and finished the round on his feet.

The 29-year-old Inoue continued where he left off in the opening round. He wobbled Donaire Jr. with a left hook. Moments later, he knocked Donaire Jr. down again with a thunderous left. Referee Michael Griffin decided to intervene and stopped the fight in the 1:24 mark of the second round.

Inoue remained undefeated with 23-0 with 20 knockouts, while the 39-year-old Donaire Jr. dropped to 42-7 with 28 knockouts.

Donaire Jr. and Inoue first fought in 2019 in the World Boxing Super Series. It was a more competitive and exciting fight that earned “Fight of the Year” honors. Donaire Jr. gave Inoue his stiffest test in 2019. He broke Inoue’s eye socket and damaged nose. Inoue, however, walked away with the unanimous decision in their first meeting.

Inoue plans to become a unified champion at bantamweight. He still needs one more belt, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight strap, currently around the waist of Paul Butler.

Donaire Jr., on the other, still has no plans on whether to continue or finally hang up his gloves. If Donaire Jr. decides to retire, his position in the Boxing Hall-of-Fame is already secured as a 10-time world champion across four weight classes.

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