Gutsy Nonito Donaire Jr. drops decision to Naoya Inoue

Gutsy Nonito Donaire Jr. drops decision to Naoya Inoue

Looking to avoid being another name on Inoue's list of KO victims, Donaire came out aggressive and found early success, opening up a cut on the Japanese star's right eyebrow with a well-placed hook.

What followed for the last three rounds was Inoue not only taking control of the fight, but also scoring his first knockdown of the fight.

Donaire's bold statements came during the final press conference held Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Palace Hote, with four-division world champion Donaire asserting he is up against someone in another level.

Mr. Inoue has made it known that he idolizes his Filipino opponent but is nonetheless is determined to bring Mr. Donaire down in his home turf.

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Donaire got up at the count of 9, but was clearly tired and Inoue battered him with several more punches and was on the verge of maybe scoring a TKO.

More than anything, the fight ended up being a passing of the torch of sorts in more ways than one.

The fight concluded Inoue's incredible run through the World Boxing Super Series field. Donaire, who may be close to retirement now, had won the WBA belt in the quarterfinals a year ago and then successfully defended it in April over Stephon Young by 6th round KO in Lafayette, Louisiana. Donaire (40-5) and Inoue (18-0) will dispute the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight title and the Muhammad Ali Trophy as well as battle for the Internationl Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association (Super) World Bantamweight Championships in a scheduled 12-rounder.

As for Inoue's own future, he'll likely be heading stateside as he has reportedly signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank Boxing and is expected to fight in the United States in 2020.

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