The bantamweight gets a spotlight at early breakfast on Tuesday morning. Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire face off in a rematch of their 2019 title bout with one more title on the line. Three years ago, Inoue won a unanimous decision over Donaire to add the WBA title to his IBF and The Ring titles. This time around, Donaire brings the WBC title to the mix.
The bout comes to us live from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, which is just outside Tokyo. The main card got underway at 5:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+ and the main event is expected to start in the back half of the 7 a.m. hour. We’ll have live updates for Inoue-Donaire as the two battle to be kind of the bantamweight division.
Inoue comes into the bout as a sizable favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, with -600 odds to win. Donaire is +425 to claim the upset win. The favored winning method is Inoue by KO, TKO, or DQ at -200, while an Inoue decision is +320. A Donaire stoppage is +700 and a decision is +1000.
With a entrance led by a well-known Japanese guitar player that is giving off Eric Clapton vibes, Naoya Inoue is making his way to the ring. We’re just minutes from the start of the fight!
Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-8 Inoue (Knockdown)
A knockdown with just one second remaining in the round! Inoue controlled the round anyway with his counter lefts and a nice overhand right, but his right to the temple puts Donaire down. A 10-9 round just went 10-8, but Inoue looks to be the better fighter early with his hand speed and power looking on point.
Round 2: Knockout win Naoya Inoue
A series of short punches got Donaire off-balance again, and a brutal right cross puts the veteran down again. Referee Michael Griffin had an easy decision, and both fighters show plenty of respect to each other after the bout.