Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Naoya Inoue beats Nonito Donaire in World Boxing Super Series final

Naoya Inoue beats Nonito Donaire in World Boxing Super Series final

In the final of the World Boxing Super Series, Japan's Naoya Inoue won the bantamweight title by a decision over Nonito Donaire of the Philippines.

Finally in the 11th round, came the first knockdown of the fight, as Inoue landed a couple of big punches and eventually, scored with a left to the liver that staggered Donaire.

Inoue started to take control of the bout in the fifth round when he rocked his opponent with a right, though he appeared in trouble in the eighth when a series of short left hooks from Donaire opened up a cut.

"I think Donaire was a true champion, he's very strong and I was victorious but I'm not the greatest of all time yet".

In an exciting opening, Donaire tried to force Inoue onto the back foot with early aggression, and there were roars from the crowd as both fighters traded fierce shots at the Super Arena in Saitama.

In round nine Donaire had his most pivotal moment when he stunned Inoue with a right hand that caused the Japanese puncher to try and hold on and survive.

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With his esteemed status in peril, Inoue launches a ferocious rally in the closing rounds and Donaire was floored by a body shot in the 11th, although he would withstand more punishment to hear the final bell.

Four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire was beaten on points by Naoya Inoue, who improved to 19-0 with the victory. Donaire was damaged but he refused to quit, got up and continued on to survive the round.

Inoue went on to win by unanimous decision, the scorecards were 16-111, 117-109, 114-113.

The defeat dropped the ledger of Donaire to 40-6 with 25 KOs. "I will keep fighting, and I want to be the strongest of all time". And, he stated the obvious, that it was the toughest fight he had ever been in in his career.

The pair embraced on their knees in the corner of the ring moments after the bell after serving up one of the fights of the year, before Inoue received the Muhammad Ali Trophy given to the World Boxing Super Series victor.

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