Naoya Inoue stopped Nonito Donaire halfway via the second spherical of their rematch in Tokyo to unify three of the 4 bantamweight world titles.
Inoue’s emphatic victory over Donaire – a person he had beforehand crushed by way of unanimous resolution in 2019 – ensured he retained the WBA and IBF belts and ripped the WBC strap from his rival.
England’s Paul Butler holds the WBO bantamweight title.
Japanese boxer Inoue knocked down Filipino Donaire on the finish of the primary spherical with a proper hand after which once more within the second with a right-left mixture.
Inoue prolonged his file to 23-0, with 20 knockouts, after a fourth consecutive win inside the space.
Donaire beat the rely however the referee deemed him in no match state to proceed with the competition ending nearly 90 seconds into the second spherical.
The pair’s preliminary combat three years in the past was far more aggressive.
Inoue mentioned his eye socket had been damaged by Donaire’s left hook within the second spherical and he then fought via facial cuts to knock down his rival within the 11th spherical en path to a factors win.