- Nonito Donaire got knocked out in the second round by Naoya Inoue in their boxing rematch
- Inoue won the super World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, and World Boxing Council bantamweight belts
- The Japanese boxer’s power punches ended the night early for the Filipino boxing legend
- Inoue’s record improved to 23 wins, no losses, and 20 knockouts, while Donaire’s record fell to a 42-7 record and 28 knockouts
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Nonito Donaire of the Philippines was knocked out in the second round by Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue in their boxing rematch at the Super Arena in Japan on June 7, Tuesday.
The fight was for the super World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, and World Boxing Council bantamweight belts.
Donaire, 39, tried to take out Inoue, 29, with his trademark left hooks but it was the latter’s power punches that ended the night for the Filipino boxing legend, who was also knocked down towards the end of the first round.
This fight improved Inoue’s record to 23 wins, no losses, and 20 knockouts, while Donaire’s record fell to a 42-7 record and 28 knockouts.
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Despite the loss, Filipinos are still proud of Donaire for showing his fighting spirit and for all of his accomplishments in his legendary boxing career.
Here are the highlights of the bantamweight unification fight between the Philippines' Nonito Donaire and Japan's Naoya Inoue at the Super Arena in Japan on June 7, Tuesday:
In 2019, Naoya Inoue also defeated Donaire in their world title fight in Japan. Their fight was later considered as the “Fight of the Year” as the older warrior displayed courage in giving Inoue the toughest fight of his life.
Donaire also made news when had to drop out of a fight after testing positive for COVID-19. He was scheduled to have a boxing match against a Puerto Rican opponent named Emmanuel Rodriguez but the fight was ultimately canceled.
Nonito Donaire Jr. is a Filipino-American boxer known as The Filipino Flash. He has held world titles in four weight divisions and is considered as one of the greatest Filipino boxers in history, having defeated elite fighters such as Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel.