07 November 2019 12:37
Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of the World Boxing Super Series final between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire. There is a lunchtime treat in store for you today with knockout king Inoue putting his IBF strap on the line against veteran WBA champion Donaire in Japan. 26-year-old Inoue has blasted his way through the bantamweight division with his absurd stopping power making him perhaps the fastest rising star in the sport. UK start time: Inoue vs Donaire will get underway from 12:05pm GMT. TV/stream: The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports' Action and Mix channels.
T. Inoue vs Oubaali | Round 9 Still Oubaali is relatively untroubled, measuring Inoue with that left hook that has caused the challenger so much trouble. Inoue will have to throw the kitchen sink in the closing rounds here, but from what we have seen so far, it won't be enough to hurt Oubaali. T. Inoue vs Oubaali | Round 8 More of what we have seen throughout this fight - Inoue continues to move and work those angles but Oubaali's big left again comes down and hurts him. Inoue vs Oubaali | Round 7 Oubaali is just too powerful - but Inoue continues to land some decent counter shots. T. Inoue vs Oubaali | Round 5 Oubaali continues to plant his feet and throw those heaving shots that Inoue can't really live with.
If it were not for the presence of Naoya Inoue, Oubaali would probably be the bantamweight's hardest hitter, having stopped 12 of his 16 opponents since turning pro in 2014. NEXT UP Time for our chief support fight - Takuma Inoue aims to join his brother in becoming a world champion against the hard-hitting Nordine Oubaali. NEXT UP Donaire more motivated than ever by Inoue challenge "I need someone to get me to the moment of motivation. Inoue stat pack The fearsome numbers behind the 26-year-old knockout-laden rise Inoue, already a three-weight champion, has a staggering KO-to-win ratio of 88.89%. Inoue stopped him in two minutes Advertisement NEXT UP A bit of light-flyweight action to get us started this morning: Shokichi Iwata vs Alejandro Valladares The Ring Magazine rankings The latest rankings from The Ring Magazine have a new no.1 with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez leapfrogging Vasyl Lomachenko into top spot after taking the WBO lightweight crown from Sergey Kovalev over the weekend.
He is, however, coming to the end of his career and Inoue is now operating on a different level, stopping opponents with ease and honing a reputation as perhaps the deadliest one-punch knockout artist in boxing right now. Before the main event - Naoya's brother Takuma Inoue challenges Nordine Oubaali for his WBC bantamweight title. Naoya Inoue faces legend Nonito Donaire in the final of the bantamweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series today. Both men put their world titles on the line, while the Ring Magazine belt is also up for grabs as the No 1 and No 2 of the division meet. LIVE: FOLLOW COVERAGE OF INOUE VS DONAIRE November top 10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world Show all 13 left Created with Sketch. Getty Images 2/13 On the rise: Josh Taylor (16-0) Josh Taylor's win over Regis Prograis to win the WBSS at 140 pounds was a massive statement - he'll need to become the undisputed light welterweight champion by beating Jose Ramirez to make his place inside the top 10 indisputable Getty Images 3/13 On the rise: Miguel Berchelt (37-1) Miguel Berchelt smashed Jose Sosa to pieces inside four rounds to defend his WBC super featherweight title - now 37-1 and undefeated since 2014 with 16 consecutive wins and six straight defences AFP via Getty Images 4/13 10. Juan Francisco Estrada (39-3-0) The two-weight world champion grabbed the lineal super flyweight title against Sor Rungvisai to snatch his pound-for-pound status and the WBC gold. Naoya Inoue (18-0-0) The man nicknamed the 'monster' destroyed Emmanuel Rodriguez in two rounds to win the IBF world bantamweight title, elevating his status as one of the world's most dangerous fighters. Terence Crawford (35-0-0) Another three-weight world champion, Crawford enters our top three and reaffirmed his place as one of the sport's greats after a knockout win against Amir Khan. Just 15 fights into his career and despite one career defeat, the current unified lightweight world champion sets records for days. Inoue puts his IBF and Ring Magazine titles on the line, Donaire's WBA (Super) belt is also up for grabs. Another world title unification fight from the World Boxing Super Series – and the Muhammad Ali trophy is also there for the taking. NAOYA INOUE faces Nonito Donaire today in the final of the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series. 'The Monster' Inoue, 26, puts his IBF title on the line against the veteran Donaire, 26 in his home country of Japan. When the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament started, it was predictable that Naoya Inoue's particular brand of violence would land him in the finals. Then undefeated through 18 career fights, Burnett suffered a back injury after four rounds of back-and-forth action and was forced to retire before Round 5 could get underway, giving Donaire a pass to the second round of the tournament. Donaire won the WBA bantamweight belt with the victory, his first fight at bantamweight since October 2011 when he defeated Omar Narvaez to retain the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Young put up a good fight before falling victim to Donaire's trademark left hook in Round 6. Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) has proven a wrecking machine, winning the WBC light flyweight championship in his sixth career fight, moved up two divisions two fights later to capture the WBO belt at 115 pounds. After defending that title successfully seven times he made another jump, winning the WBA bantamweight belt with a first-round knockout of Jamie McDonnell before entering the WBSS tournament. Inoue has managed to carry his insane power with him up to bantamweight, where Rodriguez has been his most successful opponent simply by making it to the second round. With titles in multiple weight classes, vicious stopping power and an undefeated record, Inoue ranks among today's pound-for-pound elite. Donaire also carries serious power, especially in his left hook and has one of the most impressive resumes in the world among active boxers, but is an understandably heavy underdog sitting at +550 at MGM while Inoue is a -900 favorite. Thursday also marks the return of Inoue's brother, Taukma Inoue, who takes on Nordine Oubaali for the WBC bantamweight title. Nov. 7 | Super Arena--Saitama, Japan Start time: 5 a.m. ET | Main event: 7:30 a.m. ET Join Bloody Elbow today (Thursday, November 7th) for live results and discussion as Japanese star Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) and legendary four-division world champion Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) square off for the WBA and IBF bantamweight titles, as well as the World Boxing Super Series Muhammad Ali Trophy. Donaire is 36 years old and not in his prime, but he still possesses big knockout power in the form of a lethal left hook.