Nonito Donaire Sees Weakness in Naoya Inoue
WBA “Super” Bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) is currently in Manilla, Philippines in the final stages of training for his Nov. 7th battle against IBF/WBA “Regular” Bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) Bantamweight Final at The Super Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The 36-year old has been tight lipped and secretive about his preparation. However, during an October 27th sit-down with the Philippine Star the “Filipino Flash” gave an update on his camp as well as thoughts about his upcoming opponent.
Inoue (18-0, 16 KO’s) has declared he’s not looking for the knockout and is planning to box. Donaire is not buying it feeling the pre-fight prognostication is a sign of weakness.
“He knows I’ve got tremendous power and it’s making him re-think his options. Inoue has idolized me for years and people say he does a lot of things I do. If he plans to box, that’s not Inoue.
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.”
The veteran views defense as Inoue’s greatest weakness believing his opponent’s best defense is his offense. Ten years older than his foe, experience is what he views as the ultimate difference in the fight.
Team Donaire will travel to Japan October 30th. Currently weighing 128-pounds, the confident Nonito says he’s right on track to get down to the 118-pound Bantamweight limit.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.