Nonito Donaire Jr. wants to prove age is just a number when he faces a fighter 10 years younger in Naoya Inoue of Japan in the World Boxing Super Series Bantanweight Grand Prix final at Super Arena in Saitama Thursday night.
“He’s a terrific fighter. He’s a very powerful guy,” Donaire said of his opponent in Boxing Scene.
“He has monstrous power but he hasn’t really been tested because he just runs through his opponents. I’m excited to test him and show him my capabilities and what I still bring to boxing.”
The 36-year-old, 4-division champion has had a rebirth of sorts upon his return to the bantamweight division.
He beat Ryan Burnett in the quarterfinals of the tournament to win the WBA "super" bantamweight title, then defended the crown against No. 5 ranked Stephon Young in the semis.
This set him up for a final match against Inoue, who is unbeaten in 18 bouts. The fight also serves as a unification title bout wherein Inoue will be staking his own WBA “regular” title and his lineal crown.
“I’m very excited,” said Donaire. “It’s a great honor to be fighting Inoue in Japan. I have big respect for him, he looks ready.”
“Like we saw with Canelo (Alvarez) vs Sergey Kovalev. Height doesn’t matter, size doesn’t matter. Ultimately it’s about the game plan, and I believe I have the game plan to beat Inoue. And my experience will carry me through.”
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