NONITO Donaire Jr. gets his dream fight next as he faces unbeaten champion Naoya Inoue of Japan in the bantamweight final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS).
Inoue arranged the mega bout after demolishing Emmanuel Rodriguez to wrest the International Boxing Federation (IBF) crown at the SSE Hydro in Glasglow, Scotland during the semifinals of the series featuring some of the best fighters in the 118-lbs division.
The 26-year-old Japanese and Donaire, reigning World Boxing Association (Super) bantamweight title holder, will meet in the WBSS final to be announced later.
Donaire was at ringside and witnessed how Inoue demolished Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican, just inside two rounds to keep his record perfect at 18-0, with 16 KOs.
“This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. We both felt it was our destiny, and this is what boxing is all about – the best fighting the best,” said Donaire afterwards.
Inoue made sure he will left an impression on Donaire as he knocked out Rodriguez in swift fashion.
The Japanese sent the dethroned champion down with a vicious left hook 30 seconds into the second round, marking the beginning of the end for the Puerto Rican.
Two more knockdowns followed, including a nasty body shot in which Rodriguez failed to beat the count. It was the first loss for the Puerto Rican, who fell to a 19-1 (12 KOs) record.
“I came out looking to perform aggressively,” said Inoue. “I always felt like I could knock him out and that’s what I fought for.”
Inoue has high respect for the Filipino four-division world champion, although the Japanese feels he can emerge victorious and earn the right as the best fighter in the bantamweight division today.
“Nonito Donaire is a terrific fighter. He can box well, he can punch well,” said the Japanese of Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs).
“I am confident I will beta him, although I’m not quite sure of my strategy yet.”