Nonito Donaire wants his revenge against Naoya Inoue
The legendary Nonito Donaire opens up on “The Monster” Naoya Inoue and much more as a guest star on Episode 5 of ‘Kalle’s WBSS Hangouts’, a podcast hosted by WBSS Chief Boxing Officer Kalle Sauerland.
“The Filipino Flash” is a four division world champion, known for incredible one-punch power and as a terrific ambassador for the sport.
As a legend in the history of the World Boxing Super Series. Donaire conquered Ryan Burnett and Stephon Young before taking one of boxing’s brightest stars in Inoue all the way in an unbelievable thriller. A modern-day classic also known as “The Drama in Saitama”. The consensus Fight of the Year 2019.
Donaire on fighting Inoue in November of 2019
“There was never really a fear in me. I have never doubted my capability and I have never put anyone higher than I am. I never felt this kid could take me or knock me out.
“This kid was running, and no one makes this kid run. When I hurt him when he got cut, he kept coming back with great punches. I was like ‘it hurt, but it didn’t hurt enough to take me out. This is going to be a good fight’.
“I was really having fun.”
Donaire caught Inoue with a right uppercut followed by a left hook that cut Inoue after two rounds. “The Monster” suffered fractures to his right eye socket. He was wounded and shaken but came back and finished stronger to claim a unanimous decision.
The four division champion forced Inoue to retreat to the ropes in the ninth. The champ dropped Donaire in the eleventh. Plenty of drama to rhyme with Saitama.
Donaire on Inoue’s resilience
“I hurt him, but he is a great, f**king amazing kid. He is a great fighter who has a lot of balls inside that ring. But we never knew that until he got hit. I knew that he was going to push farther and I wasn’t going to quit either.”
On the moment in the ninth round where it looks like Donaire had an opportunity for a sensational stoppage, Kalle Sauerland asks:
“Is it like the footballer who misses the penalty in a World Cup Final? Does it haunt you …that moment?
“For maybe half a year it haunted me. But with the pandemic, I started to realize what I lacked. My killer instinct. Usually, people when I hurt them they are done and over with, but that didn’t happen.
“But I believe the last fight (the Inoue fight) brought back me. The lack of killer instinct cost me the fight, but it also caused me to realize where I can be again.”
Therefore, the Filipino-American is not ready to pass the torch to Inoue.
“We gotta do it again, that’s it!”
Donaire is scheduled to fight Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez, WBSS Bantamweight semi-finalist, on December 19 in Uncasville, Connecticut.