FOR the umpteenth time, the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) highlighted why it must become a regular fixture in the sport as Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire served up a thriller over 12 rounds inside Saitama’s Super Arena in Japan.
After 36 minutes of action that featured several momentum shifts, Naoya Inoue added the WBA bantamweight title to the IBF championship he took into battle when he won a unanimous decision via scores of 114-113, 116-111 and a misleading, 117-109. The 26-year-old also claimed the Muhammad Ali Trophy after his victory in this latest WBSS final.
But this was one of those fights where the loser’s efforts were just as impressive as the victor’s. Particularly when one considers that Donaire, 36, was considering his future as recently as last year when he lost to Carl Frampton at featherweight.