Inoue vs Donaire 2022 WBC, WBA and IBF Bantamweight 5/7/2022

Inoue vs Donaire 2

Inoue vs Donaire Rematch live from 2022 WBC, WBA and IBF bantamweight boxing showdown. Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire will finally meet in their keenly-awaited rematch after serving up an instant classic back in 2019.

Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs) retained his WBA and IBF titles against future Half of Famer Donaire but was cut and pushed all the way by the veteran Filipino.

One of the best fights in the last few years is set for its second chapter. Two of the best bantamweights of this era will throw down in Japan on Tuesday when unified champion Naoya Inoue takes on WBC titleholder Nonito Donaire at the Saitama Arena (5 a.m. ET, ESPN+). The pair first met in 2019 in a bout hailed as the best of the year to conclude the World Boxing Super Series tournament in the 118-pound division.

Donaire (42-6, 28 KO) entered the tournament thought by many to be well past his prime and having lost bouts to Jessie Magdaleno and Carl Frampton in two of his last three.

While Donaire won his first two fights in the WBSS tournament, he did not enter the finals with Inoue having calmed many concerns over his current form. The first round saw him defeat Ryan Burnett after Burnett suffered a back injury just four rounds into the fight and the semifinal bout came against Stephon Young who was a late replacement for Zolani Tete.

Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 start time

  • Date: Tuesday, June 7
  • Start time: 5:30 a.m. ET | 10:30 a.m. BST
  • Main event: 8 a.m. ET | 1 p.m. BST (Approximately)

Inoue vs. Donaire 2 takes place at the Saitama’s Super Arena. Event coverage begins at around 5:30 a.m. ET. Inoue and Donaire should make their way to the ring around 7:30 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.

Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 fight card

  • Naoya Inoue (c) vs. Nonito Doniare (c) for the WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring bantamweight titles
  • Takuma Inoue bt Gakuya Furuhashi UD (12) to retain his WBO Asia Pacific super-bantamweight title and win the Japanese super-bantamweight title.
  • Andy Hiraoka vs. Shun Akaiwa; super-lightweights
  • Toshiya Ishii bt. Hikaru Fukunaga TKO (6/8) super-bantamweight contest
  • Kanamu Sakama bt. Fuki Ishigaki TKO (2/6) light-flyweight contest

 

Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire Live Updates

 

Donaire would be out of the ring until 2021 when he knocked out Nordine Oubaali in the fourth round to capture the WBC title and then retained the belt with another fourth-round knockout, this time over Reymart Gaballo.

Inoue’s nickname “The Monster” is apt, considering his crushing power that has put down all but three of his career opponents. On his rise to the point of being one of the sport’s pound-for-pound elite, Inoue has collected world titles at junior flyweight, junior bantamweight and bantamweight.

Since his win over Donaire, Inoue has remained perfect, scoring knockouts of Jason Moloney, Michael Dasmarinas and Aran Dipaen.

Now, he’s set for a rematch with his toughest opponent to date as well as the biggest name fighter he’s ever faced.

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