Japan's Naoya Inoue holds the Muhammad Ali Trophy after winning the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final match in Saitama. Photo: AP/Toru Takahashi

Inoue defeats Donaire in World Boxing Super Series final


Naoya Inoue won a unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire on Thursday in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final.

Inoue, the IBF world bantamweight champion from Japan, sent Donaire to the canvas in the 11th round at Saitama Super Arena with a body blow to the abdomen. Donaire got back up to finish the round and the bout but couldn't turn things around.

"This fight showed my real strengths and weaknesses," Inoue said. "After a year of fights, I'm satisfied to win this championship."

The three judges scored the bout 116-111, 117-109, 114-113 in favor of Inoue, who improved to 19-0 with 16 knockouts. Donaire, who is from the Philippines, dropped to 40-6 with 26 KOs.

Donaire opened a cut above Inoue's right eye with a left hook in the second round. He was in control until the fifth when Inoue landed a right hook to the jaw, stunning the WBA and WBC world bantamweight title holder and seizing momentum.

On the undercard, Nordine Oubaali of France (17-0, 12 KOs) defeated Inoue's younger brother, Takuma Inoue (13-1, three KOs), by unanimous decision to retain his WBC bantamweight title.

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One of the best pound for pounders in the world right now. Inoue with his devastating array of techniques and killer body shots is pure class. Legend in the making material.

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True, but the fight was a lot closer than the article makes out. It went full time and Nonito, though weakening a little, still looked strong at the end. It was more like 'Nonito failed to defeat', rather than 'Inoue won'.

Congratulations to Inoue.

His younger brother came up against Oubaali, who looked stunningly strong from start to finish. Still people were hoping for a connecting miracle k.o. punch that might turn things around, but it was not to be.

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Very misleading article, I was at the fight. That cut changed the entire Dynamics of the fight because Naoya did not look like himself after it. I'll even go on a limb and say...he was a deer in headlights; the expression on his face was almost--like panic. He's landing clean shots, shot that folded most other fighters, and Donaire kept coming after him. It was only until 5th round, when he buzzed Donaire, that he got his mojo back. Round 2 to 5, almost nine minutes and you didn't see the panic?117-109 judge was clearly watching the ring girls instead. This was a good learning experience for him; the difference in experience was apparent--

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