Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire will fight again, this time for three of the four major 118-pound belts Tuesday in Japan. Meanwhile, Jaime Munguia and Edgar Berlanga will fight in separate bouts on Saturday.
Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs) vs. Nonito Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs)
When: Saturday, June 7
Time: 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m.. PT (main event later in show)
Where: Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Division: Bantamweight (118 pounds)
At stake: Inoue’s IBF and WBA, and Donaire’s WBC titles
Pound-for-pound ranking: Inoue, No. 2, Donaire, Honorable Mention
Odds: Inoue 5-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)
Also on the card: Takuma Inoue vs. Gakuya Furuhashi, junior featherweights; Andy Hiraoka vs. Shun Akaiwa, junior welterweights
Prediction: Inoue KO 10
Background: Inoue and Donaire will be fighting for three of the four major 118-pound belts in a rematch of their November 2019 fight, which Inoue won by a unanimous decision. Donaire gave Inoue a harder time than many expected, although the Japanese star fought with a broken bone in his face. The Japanese star followed that victory with knockouts of Jason Moloney, Michael Desmarinas and Aran Dipaen. The Dipaen fight took place on Dec. 14. Inoue has won major titles in three divisions.
Donaire, 39, proved that his performance against Inoue was no fluke by stopping Nordine Oubaali a year and a half later to win the WBC version of the bantamweight title. He also knocked out Reymart Gaballo in his first defense in December. Donaire, an elite fighter for more than 15 years, is a four-division titleholder. The fight will take place in the early morning hours U.S. time.