FOTY rematch? Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 in the works for April

    Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire put on a show in their first contest, and it seems like we could be on our way to seeing a rematch of the 2019 Fight of the Year.

    According to Donaireโ€™s promoter Richard Schaefer, he is currently in negotiations to have the bout happen this April. Schaefer also stated that theyโ€™re also looking to have it staged again in Inoueโ€™s home country of Japan.

    โ€œWe donโ€™t have a problem going to Japan. Donaire has the balls to go into the lionโ€™s den again. This is one of the biggest fights you can make in the sport,โ€ Schaefer told Boxing Scene. โ€œI canโ€™t speak on behalf of Inoue, but I know thatโ€™s the fight he wants as well. Iโ€™ve always believed that when there is a big fight to be made, you make it โ€“ and this is a big fight. I am going to exhaust every resource and will not leave any stone unturned to pull off this fight. This is what Nonito and the fight fans want. We as a sport need to deliver it. I believe weโ€™ll get it done.โ€

    To make the bout happen, Schaefer will have to work with Aikihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, as well as Top Rank, who co-promotes Inoue as well. Hosting the card in Japan will also depend on travel restrictions, with the country tightening its borders due to the Omicron variant.

    The 28-year-old Inoue has won all 22 of his fights, and is considered one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the sport today. Since his bout with Donaire, he has won three straight bouts, which all ended in knockouts.

    Donaire, a four-division world champ and surefire hall-of-famer, has had a career resurgence as of late, making history to become the oldest bantamweight champion at 39-years-old. He currently holds the WBC bantamweight belt, and is coming off back-to-back KO wins in 2021 over Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo.

    The Filipino superstar has won four of his last five bouts, with that one defeat being a decision loss in his Fight of the Year with Inoue.

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