Boxing: Bout between Donaire, Naoya Inoue could end via KO, says Jerwin Ancajas

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 02 2019 12:21 AM

Jerwin Ancajas poses with Japanese champion Naoya Inoue. Mark Ton Lontayao

World champion boxer Jerwin Ancajas sees an even match between Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue of Japan, one that could end via stoppage.

Ancajas recently flew to Macau to receive the International Boxing Federation's (IBF) highest honor, the Jersey Joe Walcott Award; there, he met Inoue in person.

"Fifty-fifty, ang laban na 'yan sir," said Ancajas before he flew to Macau. 

Donaire, the World Boxing Association "super" bantamweight champion, and Inoue, the IBF bantamweight king, will meet in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series.

Jerwin Ancajas with coach Joven Jimenez as he holds his Jersey Joe Walcott Award. Mark Ton Lontayao

Ancajas is expecting the bout to end by knockout, pointing out that whoever lands the first solid punch will be the victor.

"Si Inoue mas bata, pero malakas. Tinatawag na 'Monster' kasi malakas," he said. "Si Donaire naman beterano sa laro, experienced na." 

Inoue could have been a potential rival for Ancajas, but the Japanese champion left the junior-bantamweight ranks to campaign a weight higher.

Ancajas said Donaire is capable of slaying the Japanese champion since Inoue could be vulnerable to Donaire's potent left hook.

" 'Di pwedeng bale-walain ang lakas ni Donaire lalo't pareho silang orthodox," he said. "Sapul na sapul ang hook na pamatay ni Donaire. Unahan na lang talaga sila."

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