Naoya Inoue’s undisputed bantamweight crown after the destruction of Donaire

Japan's Nawa Inoue celebrates after their victory over Nanito Donier of the Philippines in their bantamweight unification boxing match at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on June 7, 2022.  (Photo by Philip Fong / AFP)

Japan’s Nawa Inoue celebrates after their victory over Nanito Donier of the Philippines in their bantamweight unification boxing match at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on June 7, 2022. (Photo by Philip Fong / AFP)

Japan’s undefeated “monster” Nawa Inou is aiming to become the undisputed world bantamweight champion after defeating Nanito Donair in two rounds on Tuesday to claim his third title.

Inoue beat Filipino veteran Donier in a hard-fought classic in 2019 but was nowhere near a rematch in Saitama as Inoue added WBC titles to his WBA and IBF belts.

Inoue threw Donier, 39, at the end of the first round and then continued the attack in the second round, dropping him again with the left hand which persuaded the referee to stop the fight.

The 29-year-old Inoue immediately focused on becoming the undisputed world bantamweight champion before the end of the year, with Britain’s WBO title holder Paul Butler now on his way.

“My next goal is to consolidate the bantamweight title,” said Inoue, who is now unbeaten in his 23 fights and has won 20 of his knockouts.

“I have come so far and there is only one left. I put myself in a good position and I want to focus on combining the titles. “

The 33-year-old Butler captured the vacant WBO title of former champion John Real Casimero when he defeated Jonas Sultan in a unanimous decision in April.

He rose from interim to full champion when he snatched the full title from WBO Casimero last month.

Inoue said fighting Butler was his top priority but warned he was keen to take on “a new challenge” by taking steps up to the super-bantamweight.

“If I can’t fight Butler next, I might have to fight someone from the rankings,” Ino said.

“I want to choose a better option. There are still many years to come so I want to take my time and think about what I want to do. ”

‘A Worthy Winner’

Japan's Nawa Ino (R) fights Nanito Donier of the Philippines during their bantamweight integration boxing match at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on June 7, 2022.  (Photo by Philip Fong / AFP)

Japan’s Nawa Ino (R) fights Nanito Donier of the Philippines during their bantamweight integration boxing match at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on June 7, 2022. (Photo by Philip Fong / AFP)

Anyone who fights after Inoue will come up against the fierce punching force that put Donier on the canvas in the first round.

Inoue didn’t give up in the second round and fired a shot that rocked the “Filipino flash” before another barrage sent him back to the floor.

Inoue said he found “a different kind of enjoyment” from his shock-and-surprise victory than in their epic first battle, and said it “felt like a dream” when he was dropped in the first round.

“It’s precisely because of Donner that I came here today to win this third title,” Ino said.

“He was a champion that I admired when I was a schoolboy.”

Donner lost to Nordin Obali for the WBC Belt in May last year to become the oldest bantamweight world champion.

The veteran, who has won nine world titles in four weight categories in his 21-year professional career, did not speak to reporters after the fight but sent a message to Ino as “a worthy winner”.

Inoue said he was “proud” to be able to fight the donor and was “satisfied” with his night’s work.

“I wanted to feel more comfortable as the fight went on, so the first round was very important,” he said.

“I was determined to make a good start.”

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