Watch Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire Fight Live Online on Fuji TV

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2019

It wasn't the one-sided beatdown by Naoya Inoue that many had predicted, but boxing fans and pundits got something better: a modern bantamweight classic between Inoue and Nonito Donaire.

Pound-for-pound recognised star Inoue has blasted his way to world titles in three divisions and came in bang on the 118lbs limit, with his Filipino foe slightly under. Donaire scored his own big punch in the second round when he cornered Inoue and connected on a left hook that opened up a cut above Inoue's right eye. Inoue landed several more significant punches but Donaire survived until the final bell.

However Inoue got control of the fight back in the middle rounds.

Happening at the Saitama Super Arena, Messrs.

Inoue, however, feels that Donaire stands on equal footing with him.

More than anything, the fight ended up being a passing of the torch of sorts in more ways than one.

The boxing even is a bantamweight championship double header also featuring the younger brother of Naoya, Takuma Inoue fighting for his first world title when he takes on French WBC champion Nordine Oubaali in the co-main event.

DAZN will live stream the Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire IBF/WBA World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight final on November 7, 2019 from Japan at 5:00 AM ET/2:00 AM PT.

Mr. Inoue, for his part, has won his 16 of his total 18 fights by way of knockout, including the last two against Juan Carlos Payano of the Dominican Republic and Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico to earn his spot in the WBSS finals.

Inoue wins the World Boxing Super Series tournament that began with eight fighters a year-and-a-half ago. And, he stated the obvious, that it was the toughest fight he had ever been in in his career.

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