Naoya Inoue is the hottest name in boxing right now. Having blasted through everyone he’s fought in the World Boxing Super Series. The number one rated bantamweight is 18-0 with 16 coming by knockout. On November 7th, he takes on Nonito Donaire in the World Boxing Super Series title with the WBA and IBF world bantamweight titles on the line. The World Boxing Super Series held a Q&A with Inoue ahead of his fight with Donaire today.
It only took Inoue five minutes and twenty-nine seconds to reach the finals of the WBSS. That is insane to think about. Two fights, five minutes with some of the best in the world. When asked if he imagined getting to the finals this fast, Naoya Inoue said, “No, I never imagined it.”
Now Inoue has a different challenge ahead of him. He’s faced very experienced opponents throughout his whole career. But, with a 40-5 record, Nonito Donaire is the most experienced by far. He’s won belts in four different weight classes. Inoue says he is prepared. “I’m prepared to fight for 12 rounds with Nonito Donaire, but if I see an opening, I will aim for a knockout.”
Inoue continues, “I have been watching Donaire throughout his career and was stealing his moves when I was starting out in boxing. I have a lot of respect for Donaire, I have idolised him and that’s why he was the one I wanted to fight the most in this tournament. But now it’s time for a change of generations.”
Naoya Inoue and a Career Defining Moment
Now it’s the most important fight of Inoue’s young career. Being thrust to superstardom through the tournament, Inoue is prepared to seize the moment and give the best performance of his career. “I entered this tournament to prove I am the best bantamweight in the world. I’m in great condition and on November 7, I will show the best performance of my career to win the Ali Trophy.”
“This final will be the biggest highlight of my career thus far. It will also be like a crossroad fight for what lies ahead for my future. I’m just looking forward to seeing what is waiting ahead in my career after winning the Ali Trophy.” And there are plenty of options for Naoya Inoue. Let’s concentrate on the WBSS first, then we can speculate on Lomachenko vs. Inoue.
You can catch the epic finals of the World Boxing Super Series between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire November 7th on DAZN.