MANILA, Philippines – Nanito Donier believes he is a much better fighter this time around when he clashes with Nawa Ino in their June rematch.
Still the only fighter to give Ino a tough time in the ring, Donier pushed the undefeated Japanese to his limits in their 12-round slogfest in November 2019.
Donier, the four-time world champion, lost in a unanimous decision but did not go down without a fight as he left Inoi with a broken orbital bone and a broken nose.
Three years later, Donner thinks he’s better equipped to find Enoch now.
“If Nawa thinks Donner is like our first interview, then he is wrong. Now I am totally different as I can punch him from any angle. My skills and motivation have improved a lot. You’ll see, “Donner told FightNews.
Donner, 39, is heading for a consolidation showdown by closing out a pair of fourth-round knockouts against last year’s former champion Nordin O’Balley and Filipino prospect Remart Gaballo.
Inoue, 29, has been just as impressive with his last three fights ending in eight rounds.
Donier (42-6, 28KOs) won his WBC Bantamweight title while Inoue (22-0, 19KOs) defended his WBA (Super) and IBF belt at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan on 7 June.
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