Nonito Donaire aimed to become the undisputed 118-pound champion and challenged the Japanese Naoya inoue, monarch of the AMB Y FIB.
“This is because I wanted to win this fight, the only thing I do not have is to be undisputed,” he said in an interview with Showtime Boxing at the end of the contest. “The next phase is to get revenge (with Inoue) “.
The Filipino defeated Nordine oubaali by knockout in the fourth round, after a dominant and explosive performance.
Nonito recovered the rooster scepter from CMB almost a decade later, after he decided to go super bantamweight and vacate it.
In November 2019, Grace went to the Super Arena on Saitama, Japan, to face Naoya inoue with the scepters of the AMB Y FIB in Game.
The Japanese boxer surprised by giving his sixth defeat to The Filipino Flash, after defeating him by unanimous decision by cards of 116-111, 114-113 and 117-109.
“Being at this age is my performance, it is the ability to grow, no matter your age, it matters how strong you are mentally,” he confessed. Nonito. “What I learned from Inoue I am back, I know I can compete with him, once I was knocked out I am always learning ”.
With more than 38 years, Grace became the oldest champion of the CMB of 118 pounds by surpassing the mark of Gerry Penaloza with 36 years and 7 months.
“I knew what his employer was, I knew what he was going to do,” he said about Oubaali, “I don’t know if you listened to my wife do what I should do, because she was showing her disadvantage in terms of her weakness.”
About, Nonito He assured that his mentality was what pushed him forward to recover from that defeat against Inoue after more than a year and a half of inactivity.
“Time has always been on my side and my mind is on my side. It is taking care of our body ”, he pointed out.
Naoya inoue remains undefeated in 20 contests with 17 by way of knockout and on June 19 is scheduled for his next defense against Michael Dasmarinas on The Vegas, Nevada.
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