Proud of his showing vs Naoya Inoue, Donaire feels he can still be world champ


Posted at Jun 07 2020 12:45 AM

Nonito Donaire Jr. gave Japanese champion Naoya Inoue a hell of a fight, which, for Donaire, proved he still has a lot left in his tank even at age 37.

“Being the underdog, you know, people telling me that I couldn’t last for a round or four, and then I gave him hell, I mean it was sweet to be that way,” Donaire said in an article posted on, referring to his bout with Inoue in November 2019, which Donaire ended up losing, albeit gallantly.
This is why the Filipino world champion is eager to show he can still do it again against France’s Nordine Oubaali.

He was supposed to take on the WBC bantamweight champion on May 26, but their championship fight was was postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donaire is confident he’ll snatch the title away.

“The experience that I [had] in that fight, I know that I have a lot of gas in my tank,” the 4-weight-division champion said.

“You know, all it is is just the inspiration and the motivation to go, to be in the gym. You know, hanging the poster up in the gym and seeing that face in the gym when I wake up in the morning, I think it’s better motivation for me. 

“And that’s the game plan, you know, try to take over the world, try to take over the division.”

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