BOXING: Nonito Donaire Jr. faces Naoya Inoue in World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Finals
ABS-CBN Sports on May 19, 2019 10:04 AM
(Inoue photo: AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Reigning WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire will be getting his wish, as he's set to face undefeated Japanese star Naoya Inoue in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament.
Donaire, 36, made it known after his WBSS Bantamweight Tournament semifinals win over Stephon Young back in April that he wanted to face the Japanese star in the tournament finale.
The 26-year old Inoue (18-0, 16 KO), who now holds the WBA (Regular) and IBF Bantamweight World Championships, needed just two rounds to dispatch former IBF titleholder Emmanuel Rodriguez in their WBSS Bantamweight Tournament semifinal pairing, Saturday evening in Glasgow, Scotland.
Inoue, a three-divsion world champion, has been nothing short of dominant in his boxing career so far, with his last eight wins coming via stoppage, including a first round-TKO win over Jamie McDonnel for the WBA's secondary world title back in 2019.
Donaire Jr. and Inoue are expected to face off for the IBF and both WBA titles in the WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Finals later this year.