MANILA, Philippines: Nonito Donier took the best shots of Nova Inoue and pulled the power-punching Japanese champion in their epic first fight in 2019 in a 12-round slagfest.
Donner has no doubt that he will resist the knockout power of Inoy again in their June 7 rematch. Only this time, Donaire can’t say the same for Inoue before their Bantamweight integration showdown.
“I’m hurt, the guy can punch, but obviously my heart is bigger than his punch,” said Donner, who puts his WBC headline on and goes for Inoue’s WBA (Super) and IBF belts, according to boxingscene.com.
“I have to say the same thing for him, but this time it’s different, it’s a different fight, a different mentality. But the thing is, I’m willing to go far to win. “
Older but wiser, 39-year-old Donner (42-6, 28KOs) says the tough rate to Inoy opens an eye for him.
“After so many years as a fighter, it felt like an awakening after a fight with Inoy, like: ‘Hey, what have I been doing for so many years?’ Donier Dr.
“I was just floating. And somehow, I’ve awakened that fight in me, and I’ve been working hard ever since, and I’m very confident of defeating Ino. “
Four-division world champion Inoue (22-0, 19KOs), who suffered a fractured orbital bone and broken nose in the 2019 bout of Fight of the Year, dropped a unanimous decision.
A resurrected donor has been torn apart ever since and he plans to keep it that way.
“I am very, very confident in this fight because of my level of mentality. When I first fought him, I was like: ‘Okay, I’m back at 118lbs. Let’s try and push him back and fight with him.’ “
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