Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue and Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire will meet once again in the ring on June 7th at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The pair have clashed previously in 2019 in the final of the World Boxing Super Series and the fight was later voted the Ring Magazine ‘Fight of the Year’, as Inoue emerged victorious by unanimous decision.
This fight will be for three of the four major world titles in the bantamweight division, with the Philippines’s John Riel Casimero holding the only other belt.
Since their last meeting, Inoue has been on a terrific run of form by knocking out his last three opponents including Jason Moloney and Michael Dasmarinas.
Inoue’s last KO victory came against Aran Dipaen who he caught with a triple uppercut, causing Mike Tyson to praise the Japanese bantamweight, saying: “Look at this young fighter called the ‘Monster’, Japanese fighter called the ‘Monster’.
“He’s a mean son of a b****, oh you’re gonna see this bad motherf*****.
“He don’t look like much. He’s better than Manny Pacquiao, just as good. He’s vicious, the monster. That’s a badass guy he beat too, broke him down.
“He beat him so easy, he’s a monster, f***ing monster, he’s a mean little s***.”
Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Donaire has been equally as potent, stopping Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo, both inside four rounds.
Inoue will undoubtedly go into this contest as the favourite, having won the previous fight, as well as being a top three ranked pound-for-pound fighter.
He has youth on his side being over ten years younger than Donaire.
With that being said, the ‘Filipino Flash’ cannot be written off, as he looks as good at 39-years-old as he did in his prime.
The first fight had everything with a cut, a fractured orbital bone, a knockdown and relentless action throughout, so if the rematch can deliver half of the excitement of the first fight, then we are in for a treat.