Nonito Donier says he “hit the hardest punch ever” because Bantamweight king Nawa Inoi gave the Filipino veteran a thrilling second-round stoppage in Saitama.
The undefeated Japanese boxing giant, known as the “Monster”, won his 20th KO in 23 fights, adding the WBC title to a breathtaking display of power punching in his WBA and IBF belts.
In the pair’s first, classic fight in the same arena three years ago, five-time world champion Donier Ino broke a bone in his face as the Japanese pushed the whole way before winning a unanimous point.
But in Tuesday’s rematch, the 39-year-old “Filipino Flash” donor broke up like never before in his multi-storey career.
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Even just seconds before the end of the first round, Inoy’s lightning fast overhand to the right of Donner’s temple shook the future Hall-of-Famer’s sensation and sent him wide.
“It simply came to our notice then. I’m completely empty, “Donner told fans live on his YouTube channel after the defeat.
“I did not know when I was injured that I was dropped. I didn’t see that punch coming at all because I was trying to counter him and got caught. It was close to that. “
A barrage of fine-energy fists from Inoue in two rounds rocked the brave donor before the referee stopped the competition before the second knockdown.
Donner was stopped only once in his previous 48 fights.
He paid tribute to 29-year-old Eno, who is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound puncher in world boxing.
“He’s an amazing fighter and I’m glad I was able to share the ring with him,” Donner said.
“Inoue got me really well and I’m glad the referee stopped fighting because I was always going to get up – I have no concessions from me.
“That’s what it is. I’m just grateful that I’m healthy.”
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