The seemingly ageless Nonito Donaire arrived in Japan not long ago, “The Filipino Flash” ready for his rematch with Japanese superstar and pound-for-pound contender Naoya Inoue. Donaire, a five-weight ruler and Hall of Fame lock, is now 39, but the current WBC bantamweight champion has looked significantly younger than his age in his last two fights.
Donaire, who scared ‘The Monster’ in November 2019’s The Fight of the Year, says he’s upped his game again and will surprise Inoue this time; the return is scheduled for June 7 at the Super Arena in Saitama.
“If Naoya thinks it will be the same Donaire as when we first met, that’s wrong,” Donaire told reporters upon landing in Japan. “I’m quite different because I can hit from any angle. My skills and motivation have improved.
The first fight was special, and since then Inoue has gone 3-0, with all three wins by knockout. Inoue may be at his peak right now, at 29, and he’s really going to get beat. Even from a great fighter like Donaire.
Donaire, however, has surprised us many times throughout his long career, especially in those last two brilliant performances (against Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo) and maybe he still has a performance/fight special in his locker? It’s going to be a big night in Japan on June 7 and fans are gearing up for another classic fight.
Will it be a rehearsal or a rematch this time around? Will Inoue-Donaire II go the distance? Will the rematch be another Fight of the Year trophy winner? Will we witness a crushing knockout this time? With just two weeks to go, fans are anticipating another big fight. With the styles, skills, passion and desire that these two 118-pound warriors possess, how could this be anything other than a great fight – a great rematch?
Could we even see these two modern greats fight a trilogy?