WBA / IBF bantamweight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue is winning 17-0 in the world title match and has been pushed to the brink only once.
WBC bantamweight world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, a fourth-place player whose late-career renaissance has cemented his status as one of boxing’s greatest light-weight champions Brother, has one more hit to stun the Japanese balance symbol.
Inoue and Donaire will meet in a rematch for the title rematch on Tuesday, June 7, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Inoue and Donaire fought for the first time in November 2019 at Saitama Super Arena, Inoue fixed a broken bone and nose in orbit to win a unanimous decision in the Unanimous War of the Year.
Inoue-Donaire 2 and the matches below will stream live and exclusively in the US on ESPN+ starting at 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT.
“Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire’s first fight was one of the greatest title fights I’ve ever seen, and I’m delighted that American boxing fans can watch the rematch on ESPN +,” said First Class President Bob Arum.
Inoue (22-0.19 KOs), three-weight world champion, won the WBC flyweight lightweight title in April 2014 and rose to prominence pound-for-pound with over-the-top runs at bantamweight and bantamweight. At one point, Inoue had a streak of 7 consecutive knockout championships against boxers who had never been stopped before. He joined bantamweight in May 2018 with a brutal first-half final match against Jamie McDonnell. A year later, he knocked out Emmanuel Rodriguez in two innings to win the IBF world title. Since unifying the IBF and WBA belts with Donaire, Inoue has beaten Jason Moloney, Michael Dasmariñas and Aran Dipaen.
Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs), a 39-year-old future Hall of Famer who won his first world title in the flyweight division in 2007, has experienced a career rebirth since since relegated to featherweight following a decisive defeat to Carl Frampton in 2018 He won in injury time against Ryan Burnett and Stephon Young in his first two bantamweight title fights before taking on Inoue . Donaire was previously unaffected by a 12-round shootout against Inoue, returning last May to beat Nordine Oubaali through injury time in the fourth round to claim the WBC belt. Donaire then defended that strap in December with a knockout in the fourth round against the previously undefeated Reymart Gaballo.
In other Stream the action on ESPN+:
- Takuma Inoue (15-1, 3 KOs), Naoya’s younger brother and former world bantamweight title challenger, will defend his WBO Asia Pacific lightweight featherweight belt in Match 12 hiep. Gakuya Furuhashi (28-8-2, 16 KOs). Inoue has won two in a row since a decisive loss to Nordine Oubaali for the WBC bantamweight world title, while Furuhashi is unbeaten in 11 fights since 2016.
- Rising Heavyweight Star Andy Hiraoka (19-0, 14 KO) will defend my Japanese title first Shun Akaiwa (7-3-1, 5 KOs) in a 10th round. Hiraoka won 5 straight games by knockout, including 2 Top Rated stops on ESPN’s undercards.