What time is Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 today? Live stream, Schedule, main card start time for 2022 boxing title fight. NAOYA INOUE is back in action TODAY as he takes on Nonito Donaire in a mouth-watering bantamweight title rematch. Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2: Fight prediction, undercard, odds, start time, preview, expert pick
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The pair of bantamweight champions meet for a second time in Saitama, Japan, on Tuesday
The pair clashed at the World Boxing Super Series 118lbs final back in November 2019, and it was Inoue who came out on top.
But their bout won Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and was a classic that boxing fans will look back on fondly for years.
Inoue unified the WBA and IBF titles that night, but since then, Donaire has picked up the WBC strap, beating Nordine Oubaali for that honour.
With a lack of opponents offering themselves up to fight Inoue, Donaire, who has been calling for a rematch since, stepped up.
And they'll do battle once again in Saitama, Japan, where their special rivalry began.
What time does Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 start today?
Date: Tuesday, June 7
Start time: 5:30 a.m. ET | 9:30 a.m. GMT
Main event: 8 a.m. ET | 12 p.m. GMT (Approximately)
Inoue vs. Donaire 2 takes place on Tuesday, June 7. Event coverage begins at around 5:30 a.m. ET. Inoue and Donaire should make their way to the ring around 8 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 fight card
Naoya Inoue (c) vs. Nonito Doniare (c) for the WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring bantamweight titles
Takuma Inoue vs. Gakuya Furuhashi; Super-Bantamweights
Andy Hiraoka vs. Shun Akaiwa; Super-Lightweights
Toshiya Ishii vs. Hikaru Fukunaga; Super-Bantamweights
Kanamu Sakama vs. Fuki Ishigaki; Light-Flyweights
Boxing fans are in for a mid-week treat when Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire run back their 2019 classic. The bantamweight unification clash goes down Tuesday from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan (5 a.m. ET, ESPN+).
The first meeting between Inoue and Donaire was a near-unanimous choice for 2019's Fight of the Year among boxing media. The bout was the finals of the ambitious World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.
Donaire (42-6, 28 KO) entered the tournament thought by many to be well past his prime and having lost bouts to Jessie Magdaleno and Carl Frampton in two of his last three. While Donaire won his first two fights in the WBSS tournament, he did not enter the finals with Inoue having calmed many concerns over his current form. The first round saw him defeat Ryan Burnett after Burnett suffered a back injury just four rounds into the fight and the semifinal bout came against Stephon Young who was a late replacement for Zolani Tete.
But, when given his shot at Inoue, one of the best fighters in the world, Donaire showed he still held many of the skills that saw him win 30 consecutive fights from 2001 to 2012, a stretch where he won world titles at flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight. In his 35th pro fight, Donaire also added a world title at featherweight to his already impressive collection.
I went in there with so many vulnerabilities and not really caring about anything else but just brawling, Donaire said in an interview with Yahoo Sports. This time, I'm bringing everything I am, from a guy with speed, a guy who can counter, a guy who can think and, yeah, a guy who can brawl. I'm going to bring everything that's in my skill set to the fight this time instead of just going out and brawling.
The speed of Inoue (22-0, 19 KO) was a major factor in the bout with Donaire, but Donaire never backed down and showcased a brutal right hand in addition to his trademark left hook. Both men would hurt the other throughout the battle before Inoue was able to pull away late, including with a knockdown on a body shot in Round 11. Inoue would ultimately win the fight by scores of 114-113, 116-111, and 117-109, but Donaire's performance showed he had plenty left to offer inside the ring.
In terms of ranking him with any fighter I've previously faced, Nonito is more special than anyone else, Inoue said in an interview with BoxingScene. I still have plenty I want do in my career and consider this fight as a checkpoint like any other fight.
Winning against Oubaali and Gaballo, who both are no easy opponents, in four rounds is simply very impressive. I can imagine Donaire has put in a lot of hard work in the gym.
Donaire would be out of the ring until 2021 when he knocked out Nordine Oubaali in the fourth round to capture the WBC title and then retained the belt with another fourth-round knockout, this time over Reymart Gaballo.