Boxing: Donaire ready for big challenge in Japan world-title fight


Posted at Aug 09 2019 07:07 PM

Nonito Donaire Jr. battles Naoya Inoue of Japan in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final at Saitama Super Arena on November 7. Christian Petersen, Getty Images AFP/file

Now that all issues have been sorted, Nonito Donaire Jr. will push through with his World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final with Naoya Inoue of Japan.

The fight is at Saitama Super Arena on November 7.

“I am looking forward to the final in Japan and a great fight,” Donaire said in a report posted on

“I have fought several world champions, and I will come well prepared. Inoue is an amazing fighter, but I saw flaws in his semifinal, and I think I can definitely create a game plan against him and win the (Muhammad) Ali trophy.”

Donaire had complained over the delays in organizing this bout, but organizer Comosa AG eventually came through.

Inoue will be staking his WBA “regular” and IBF bantamweight titles for Donaire’s WBA “super” bantamweight crown. Also at stake is the tournament’s Muhammad Ali trophy.

“I can’t wait for the final,” said Inoue.

“Donaire is to me a legend in the sport of boxing, and I am honored to be sharing the ring with him in the final. But I will do my very best to win against the legend to claim the Ali trophy.”

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