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Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire: Fight start time, undercard, latest odds, predictions and ring walks

It’s been just over two and a half years since these two warriors first met at Saitama’s Super Arena, producing an instant classic and “Fight of the Year” winner that will live long in the memory.

This incredible battle was an absorbing showdown, with ‘Monster’ Inoue cut early and suffering from a fractured eye socket and a broken nose, but fighting back on the ground Donaire in round 11.

He ultimately triumphed on the judges’ scorecards 116-111, 117-109 and 114-113 to become the unified world bantamweight champion and also lifted the Muhammad Ali trophy as the winner of the World Boxing Super Series. at 118 pounds.

Hard-hitting Inoue, the Top Rank knockout phenom who is a fixture topping pound-for-pound lists, has gone undefeated since then, knocking out challengers Jason Moloney and Michael Dasmarinas after a showdown with WBO champion John Riel Casimero was called off. due to the Covid pandemic while stopping Aran Dipaen in his last outing in December to easily retain the WBA, IBF and The Ring titles.

The 29-year-old will once again be the overwhelming favorite to dispatch Hall of Famer Donaire, a beloved four-weight world champion and three-time bantamweight king who turns 40 in November.

“The Filipino Flash” stunned boxing with a fourth-round knockout of Frenchman Nordine Oubaali in California last May, becoming the longest-serving bantamweight champion and regaining the WBC belt 10 years after winning it from Fernando Montiel. He then successfully defended it by seeing his compatriot Reymart Gaballo before Christmas.

The winner of this fight will have their eyes firmly set on undisputed status, with only Casimero’s WBO belt standing between them and history.

Inoue vs Donaire date, start time, venue and ring walks

Inoue vs Donaire 2 takes place at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

UK fight fans will be pleased to hear that the main card is set to start around 10.30am BST in the UK, with the main event scheduled for around 12.30pm.

As always, these times are subject to change, depending on the length of previous undercard bouts.

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Inoue vs Donaire fight card / undercard in full

Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire

Takuma Inoue vs. Gakuya Furuhashi

Andy Hiraoka vs. Shun Akaiwa

Toshiya Ishii vs. Hikaru Fukunaga

Kanamu Sakama vs. Fuki Ishigaki

How to watch Inoue vs Donaire

TV channel: Inoue vs Donaire 2 is not available to watch live on UK TV, but is on ESPN+ in America and DAZN in Japan.

Direct: However, promoters Top Rank will stream the entire card live via their official YouTube channel for free on Tuesday.

LIVE Blog: You can also catch all the action with standard sports live blog.

Inoue vs Donaire fight prediction

Even though this fight is half as good as the first clash in 2019, we’re in for a treat.

Pound for pound, the great Inoue is one of boxing’s toughest and most formidable punchers, as evidenced by his 19 knockouts in 22 career wins.

However, Donaire has already shown that he can seriously shake and hurt his rival like no one else has and won’t be intimidated by a partisan crowd.

At 39, Donaire continues to challenge Father Time and is still capable of delivering the kind of shocks that are part of boxing folklore.

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He will give his all as usual in another engrossing war, but this time we’re backing Inoue – 17-0 in the world title fights – to impose his power faster and get the job done from distance.

Inoue will win by knockout in the ninth round.

Weigh-in results Inoue vs Donaire

Both fighters made weight in the first attempt on Monday, so it’s on for this tantalizing three-belt unification showdown.

Inoue hit the scales exactly on the bantamweight limit of 118 pounds, with Donaire being slightly lighter at 117.8 pounds.

Inoue vs. Donaire Odds

Inoue to win: 1/7

Donaire to win: 4/1

Draw: 25/1

Inoue via KO, TKO or DQ: 8/15

Inoue via decision/technical decision: 16/5

Donaire via KO, TKO or DQ: 13/2

Donaire via decision/technical decision: 13/2

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).


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