Nonito Donaire Jr. believes Naoya Inoue of Japan will stick to his old game plan when they collide for the Muhammad Ali trophy in Saitama on Nov. 7.
Donaire and Inoue are meeting in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final that will also serve as a title-unification bout.
Donaire, who is 10 years older than his 26-year-old opponent, has worked with the Japanese fighter.
“Inoue has idolized me for years and people say he does a lot of things I do," Donaire said in a Philboxing report. “He knows I’ve got tremendous power and it’s making him rethink his options.”
But Donaire believes Inoue won't try to box his way to victory.
"If he plans to box, that’s not Inoue," said Donaire.
"Offense is his go-to thing. He’s aggressive, he goes all out, targets the body, throws a lot of punches. He has a good arsenal. Fighters don’t change. They do what they’re used to. I’m expecting Inoue to attack because that’s his style.”
Donaire owns the WBA "super" bantamweight while Inoue holds the WBA “regular,” IBF and The Ring bantamweight titles.
Inoue remains unbeaten in 18 fights, 16 of them ending via KO.
Donaire, on the other hand, is the more experienced fighter with a 40-5 record and 26 KOs.
“(We) have studied Inoue closely, looking for tendencies, breaking down his style. I’d rather wait for fight night. That’s when I’ll see what he’s really got and I’ll do what it takes to win," he said.
"I’ll fight smart, that’s my edge. My experience will carry me through.”
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