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Inoue vs Donaire Fight of the Year Rematch coming up like a Bullet Train Tuesday, June 7th.


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- Gonna be Tokyo Time when promotion starts 4:30 AM Texas time. Brits need to calculate their own time bracket.

 

Doubt the rematch can live up to the El Magnifico fight, but a guarantee to be better in spades than any Haney fight, so there it is.

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The one concern I have for Inoue is his level of opposition since the first Donaire fight, which has gradually dropped since then - Jason Moloney, Dasmarinas, Dipaen. Donaire's had two good wins since then. I'd be inclined to say Donaire isn't getting any younger but he keeps defying father time. That said, Inoue is an other-worldly fighter and I think he finds his way through again and emerges with three of the belts. Bring on Casimero for the winner if we could just get past all the falderal.
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Boxing champ Inoue’s home burglarized during Donaire fight

 

Associated Press

 

While Japanese boxer Naoya Inoue was winning his title bout against Nonito Donaire, burglars were breaking into his home.

 

Inoue stopped Donaire in the second round Tuesday night, unifying three bantamweight world titles. That same evening, two men broke into his home southwest of Tokyo, knowing Inoue and his family would be out, and took off with items including jewelry and expensive bags, Japanese media reports said.

 

“You saw the news, but what a disgusting thing to happen on a day of celebration,” Inoue said Wednesday on his Twitter account. “And so you all be careful, too.”

 

Police in the Kanagawa Prefecture, where Inoue’s home is located, declined comment.

 

Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs), who is known as the “Monster,” added Donaire’s WBC belt to his own WBA and IBF 118-pound straps with his fourth consecutive stoppage victory.

 

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Perhaps authorities could devise a special punishment for the perpetrators in this case. Inoue would surely enjoy that!

 

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It was an impressive performance from Inoue but I a bit surprised at the prominent ridge along his handwraps when his gloves were removed. Not sure that would have been allowed in a lot a territories. Are the rules a bit more relaxed in Japan?
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It was an impressive performance from Inoue but I a bit surprised at the prominent ridge along his handwraps when his gloves were removed. Not sure that would have been allowed in a lot a territories. Are the rules a bit more relaxed in Japan?

 

The one thing that caught my attention once the fight started was the comment that they were wearing the "puncher's" gloves, which was not the case in their first fight. Even without the puncher's gloves, there was a lot of damage inflicted in that first fight. This time "Advantage Inoue" I immediately thought. Then, BOOM!

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Don't know if Casimero has closed off competing at bantamweight despite his recent problems. If he's still there, he'd be the last piece to the puzzle. But it's Butler who has the alphabet title, and press and public ignorance has never been a hindrance in the boxing industry. As for Butler's desire to get it on with Inoue, 'deathwish' sounds about right.
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