Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2: Battle Prediction, Undercard, Odds, Visualization, Start Time, Expert Choice

Boxing fans are having fun in the middle of the week when Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaier return their classic from 2019. The unification clash in the category beds continues on Tuesday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan (5:00 ET, ESPN +).

The first meeting between Inoue and Donner was an almost unanimous choice for the fight of the year for 2019 among the boxing media. The match was the final of the ambitious tournament of the World Boxing Super Series in the lightweight category.

Donaire (42-6, 28 KO) entered the tournament, considered by many to be well over his heyday, and lost matches to Jesse Magdaleno and Carl Frampton in two of his last three. While Donaire won his first two fights in the WBSS tournament, he did not make it to the finals, with Inoue calming many concerns about his current form. In the first round, he defeated Ryan Burnett after Burnett suffered a back injury in just four rounds of the fight, and the semifinal match came against Stephon Young, who was a late replacement for Zolani Tete.

But when he was beaten by Inoue, one of the best fighters in the world, Doner showed that he still had many of the skills that led him to win 30 consecutive battles from 2001 to 2012, a period in which he won world titles. in fly category, super fly, lightest and super lightweight category. In his 35th professional battle, Doner added a world title in the lightweight category to his already impressive collection.

Inoue’s speed (22-0, 19 KOs) was a major factor in the match against Doner, but Donayer never backed down and showed a brutal right hand in addition to his preserved left hook. Both men would injure each other during the battle before Inou could withdraw late, including a knockdown on a body shot in Round 11. In the end, Inou would have won the battle with scores of 114-113, 116-111 and 117- 109, but Donaire’s performance showed that he has a lot to offer in the ring.

Donner would be out of the ring until 2021, when he knocked out Nordin Ubaali in the fourth round to win the WBC title and then retain the belt with a new knockout in the fourth round, this time over Reimart Gabalo.

Inoue’s nickname “The Monster” is appropriate, given his crushing power, which toppled all but three of his career opponents. Rising to the point of being one of the elite of the pound for pound sport, Inoue has collected world titles in the junior fly, junior and junior category.

After his victory over Donner, Inoue remained perfect, scoring knockouts by Jason Moloney, Michael Dasmarinas and Aran Deepaen.

Now he is set for a rematch with his toughest opponent so far, as well as the biggest fighter he has faced.

Map of Inoue vs. Donner, odds

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

Naoya Inoue (c) -550

Nonito Donner (c) +400

WBA, IBF and WBC lightweight titles

Takuma Inoue

Gakuya Furuhashi

Super heavyweight

Andy Hiraoka

Avoid Akaiva

Light

Forecast

It was a joy to watch Donner, a true legend and beloved fighter, resurrect his career as a legitimate top-level fighter. However, at 39, Donner is at an age where his body will often be unable to withstand what has become an instinct during his long and rich career. Inoue has already proven that he has the ability to beat Donaire, albeit in an exciting battle, and he is still 29 years old, having received a very limited number of dents during his time in the ring.

It seems reasonable to think that Inoue will be able to repeat what he has achieved for the first time and perhaps without so many problems. Expect Donner to be a game and give everything he has. Just everything Doner has may not be enough. Choice: Naoya Inoue through TKO10

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