Fight fans could be treated to some early afternoon fireworks on Tuesday when Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire rerun their 2019 Fight of the Year contender, which Inoue won via unanimous decision.
The stakes are even higher this time around, with the IBF, WBA and WBC bantamweight straps on the line. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of one of the most highly-anticipated showdowns of 2022.
When: Tuesday 7th June
Where: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
How To Watch: The fight will be shown on the Top Rank YouTube channel in the UK. the main card is set to get underway at 10:30am, with the main event ring walks scheduled for approximately 12:30pm.
Tale of the Tape:
Place Of Birth: Zama, Kanagawa, Japan
Alias: The Monster
Record: 22-0 (19)
Last Fight: Inoue recorded his third straight knockout since going to the scorecards against Donaire, stopping Aran Dipaen inside eight eight rounds back in December.
Place Of Birth: Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Alias: The Filipino Flash
Record: 42-6 (28)
Last Fight: Donaire scored a fourth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Reymart Gaballo to successfully defend his WBC bantamweight title
What They Say:
“Our first fight was brutal and amazing, it was a classic, but the rematch is going to be even better.
“I am heading into this monumental fight with a new mindset, because the first contest with Inoue was an awakening for me and I now know I can defeat him.
“June 7, in Japan, is going to be a special evening for the sport and make no mistake, it will end in a Donaire victory.”
Full Card (Subject To Change):
Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire, IBF, WBA, and WBC Bantamweight titles
Takuma Inoue vs. Gakuya Furuhashi
Andy Hiraoka vs. Shun Akaiwa
Toshiya Ishii vs. Hikaru Fukunaga
Kanamu Sakama vs. Fuki Ishigaki
Minori Okamura vs. Kota Matsuno;
Chihiro Iwashita vs. Seiru Yamana
Betfred Odds (Subject To Change):
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