MANILA, Philippines – Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire wants to add another trophy to his collection when he takes on Japan's Naoya Inoue in the final of the bantamweight tournament of the World Boxing Super Series.
The highly anticipated showdown is set for November 7 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Donaire will bring the WBA "super" world bantamweight belt in the bout, while Inoue will defend the WBA "regular" belt as well as the IBF world bantamweight belt.
"Ready to grab the titles and raise the Muhammad Ali Trophy," Donaire said via social media. "Who's with me?"
The 36-year-old Donaire was unseeded in the bantamweight tournament, but progressed after beating Ryan Burnett in the quarterfinals. A back injury forced Burnett to retire in the fourth round of their bout.
Donaire then clobbered Stephon Young, a late replacement for Zolani Tete, in the semifinals to advance to the championship round.
Inoue, for his part, made quick work of Juan Carlos Payano in the quarterfinals and Emmanuel Rodriguez in the semis to advance.
Donaire (40 wins, 5 losses) is eyeing his third win in a row after dropping a decision to Carl Frampton in April 2018.
"To see where my career has been and what people have said about me, where I am, and coming back to the division, it inspires me, it motivates me, but most of all, it excites me," said Donaire.
"This is where I wanna be."
Inoue, for his part, admitted that he had been looking forward to facing off against Donaire ever since the tournament was put together.
"I am truly pleased that I am able to fight him in the final of this tournament," he said.
Inoue, nicknamed "The Monster," carries with him an 18-0 record, with 16 wins coming by knockout.
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