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Nonito Donaire: No room for errors vs Naoya Inoue

/ 09:00 PM August 28, 2019

FILE – Nonito Donaire (bottom) and Jessie Magdaleno both celebrate at the end of their WBO junior featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Four-division world champion Nonito Donaire sees no room for error in his title unification fight against undefeated Japanese Naoya Inoue in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final on November 7 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Donaire is wary of the caliber of an opponent he will be up against in Inoue, who has 16 knockouts in his 18 wins.

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“We are both gifted fighters with speed and power and intelligence. The one who commits the first mistake in the ring, he will lose. I can tell you that this fight could be long like a game of chess,” Donaire said in a story on boxingscene.com.

The 36-year-old Donaire is the much more experienced fighter and has fought stiffer competition but the Filipino star has himself as the underdog against Inoue, who is 10 years younger.

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Inoue’s youth presents a different challenge for Donaire, who is determined to show that the glaring age disparity is just a number.

“I feel very motivated and incredibly excited to jump into a fight with Naoya Inoue in Japan, which is a beautiful country that has educated me spiritually,” said Donaire (45-5, 40 KOs).

“It gives me joy and satisfaction because I can fight in Japan. There is a huge sense of wonder to see if I can deal with a great fighter like Naoya Inoue, who will force me to bring out all of my qualities as a boxer. I know that Naoya Inoue is the favorite due to his youth. But, I have a lot of determination to reverse the odds, and for that, I will fully dedicate myself to the maximum level with my physical preparations.”

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