Naoya Inoue, the unbeaten three-division champion from Japan known as the Monster, fulfilled his remaining as one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters with an exhilarating second-round knockout of Nonito Donaire in their bantamweight title unification fight on Tuesday night at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Inoue showed his wonderful blended drink of power, speed and footwork from the underlying ring, walking Donaire down and dropping him with a force searching for right hand near the uttermost furthest reaches of the edge.
Donaire stood up and was rescued by karma, but went down under a hurricane of punches partially through the second and was immediately waved out by ref Michael Griffin at the 1:24 engraving.
“The last right straight, I didn’t understand it was a right one anyway during the break, I saw the video and understood this would have been the one [that ended Donaire],” said Inoue, who has moreover won belts at 108lbs and 115lbs. “This is witchcraft for myself too. I put pressure on myself and did it.”
Inoue landed 42 of 85 punches (49%), diverged from 16 of 71 for Donaire (23%), as demonstrated by Compubox’s punch experiences.
The unbeaten 29-year-old, who has finished 20 of his 23 master fights inside the distance, added Donaire’s WBC bantamweight title to his WBA and IBF lashes. England’s Paul Butler holds the WBO belt, the fundamental other critical world title at 118lbs, goading the sublime chance of a potential four-belt unification fight soon.