World bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. made it clear who he wants to face in the World Boxing Super Series tournament final.
Fresh from his 6-round disposal of late-replacement Stephon Young in the semifinals, Donaire said he dreams of taking on Japanese “Monster” Naoya Inoue.
Inoue is set to take on undefeated bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez in the other WBSS semifinals on May 18.
“I have all the respect in the world for Naoya Inoue, for both guys really,” Donaire said in a story posted on BoxingScene.com.
“I know both guys are amazing. There was an unspoken respect between me and Inoue that we’re going to the finals. It was always important for me to get to the finals.”
Donaire is a 4-division champion and therefore he expects a highly touted foe in the finals.
And he believes Inoue is such a fighter. The Japanese knockout artist scored a first-round knockout win over former 118-pound titlist Jamie McDonnell last May, then put to sleep former champ Juan Carlos Payano in just over a minute in the first round last July.
Inoue is already a 3-division champion with a 17-0 record. Fifteen of his opponents failed to reach the final round.
“I’ll be supporting (Inoue) to get to the finals so that we can face off. I’ll be there,” said Donaire.
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