Bantamweight gold in on the line as a highly anticipated rematch between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire is set for June 7. Inside the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Inoue and Donaire will fight for the WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring bantamweight titles.
Following an amateur record of 75-6, Inoue turned pro in 2012. He won the WBC light-flyweight and the WBO junior-bantamweight titles in 2014. Inoue defended the WBO title seven times. He won the WBA (Regular) bantamweight title in 2018 against Jamie McDonnell.
Inoue competed in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament from 2018-2019. He beat Juan Carlos Payano, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Donaire to win the tournament as well as the IBF, The Ring, and (regained the) WBA (Super) bantamweight titles. Since the Donaire fight, he has defended his belts against Jason Moloney, Michael Dasmarinas, and Aran Dipaen.
Donaire made his pro debut in 2001 at the age of 18. “The Filipino Flash” lost his second pro bout and then went on a 30-fight win streak. During that time, Donaire won the IBF and IBO flyweight titles, the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles, and the WBO, IBF, and The Ring super-bantamweight titles. The next bout he would lose would be at the age of 30.
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Since 2018, Donaire has gone 6-3. He beat Ryan Burnett and Stephon Young in the World Boxing Super Series tournament, winning the WBA (Super) bantamweight title against Burnett. After losing to Inoue, Donaire won the WBC bantamweight title against Nordine Oubaali in May 2021. His last fight for him was a knockout win over Reymart Gaballo in December.
During their clash in 2019, Inoue suffered from a cut above his eye (the first time that happened in his career) and a fractured orbital bone. He was able to recover, however, and knocked down Donaire in the eleventh round with a body shot. According to CompuBox, Donaire landed 141 shots while Inoue landed 227. Combined, both fighters only landed single-digit shots in four rounds. Inoue would win via unanimous decision in a bout that was named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.
Here is a complete guide for Inoue vs. Donaire 2, including the start time, fight card, price, updated betting odds and more. The Sporting News will be providing updates as time goes on.
When is Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2?
- Date: Tuesday, June 7
- Start time: 5:30 a.m. ET | 9:30am GMT
- Main event: 8 a.m. ET | 12 pm GMT (Approximately)
Inoue vs. Donaire 2 takes place on Tuesday, June 7. Event coverage begins at around 5:30 am ET. Inoue and Donaire should make their way to the ring around 8 am ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2
- TV channels: ESPN+, YouTube
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Where is Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2?
Inoue vs. Donaire 2 will be taking place inside the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The arena can hold up to 36,000 people and was the location of the first fight between the two.
Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 betting odds
According to Vegas Insider, Inoue is the -600 favorite, while Donaire is the +350 underdog.
In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Inoue is the -625 favorite, while Donaire is the +350 underdog.
Naoya Inoue record and bio
- Nationality: Japanese
- Born: April 10, 1993
- Height: 5-5
- reach: 67.5 inches
- Total fights: 22
- Record: 22-0 with 19 wins via knockout
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Nonito Donaire record and bio
- Nationality: Philippine
- Born: November 16, 1982
- Height: 5-6
- reach: 68 inches
- Total fights: 48
- Record: 42-6 with 28 wins via knockout
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 vs. Gakuya Furuhashi; Super-Bantamweights
- Andy Hiraoka vs. Shun Akaiwa; super-lightweights
- Toshiya Ishii vs. Hikaru Fukunaga; Super-Bantamweights
- Kanamu Sakama vs. Fuki Ishigaki; Light-Flyweights