Nanito Donier said on Friday that he was “on fire” to face Nawa Inoue next week in a much-anticipated sequel to his 2019 boxing classic.
The Filipino veteran lost a unanimous point decision to Japan’s unbeaten Inoy when they went toe-to-toe in a fight between the best of the year in Saitama, north of Tokyo.
The pair are set to fight again at the same venue on Tuesday in the fight for world bantamweight integration, with Ino’s WBA and IBF titles and Donner’s WBC belt all on the line.
Donner, 39, said his inspiration was “the highest ever” as he prepares to take another crack at one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing.
“After the last fight, there was a fire burning inside me – inspiration, the feeling that I wasn’t my best, and I knew I could beat him with my best,” Donner told a news conference in Tokyo.
“It simply came to our notice then. I don’t want this rematch if I don’t think I can win this fight. “
Violent-punching “Monster” Inoue is unbeaten in his 22 bouts, winning 19 in his knockouts.
In their first fight, he recovered from a fractured eye socket and double vision on the floor donor in the 11th round.
Inoue said going through the full 12 rounds was “a positive experience” for him.
“It’s been two years and seven months since our first fight, and now we have a rematch in a few days,” said the 29-year-old.
“I am very inspired and excited. I think everyone is excited. “
Donner became the oldest world champion at 118 pounds, losing to Nordin Obali for the WBC Bantamweight title in May 2021.
With Britain’s newly crowned WBO champion Paul Butler on their way, he and Inoue both set their sights on combining bantamweight belts.
Inoue said his fight with Donner was a “step” toward that goal, while Donner described it as “the biggest fight of my career.”
“I’m very, very inspired – it’s a fight I’ve noticed, to achieve what I couldn’t do in boxing,” Donner said.
“I’ve done everything in boxing without being undisputed, and that’s the way to be undisputed.”
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