TWO days before KSI and Logan Paul hijacked a boxing ring in Los Angeles and highlighted how difficult the sport is to master, Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire delivered a bedazzling exhibition of boxing at its finest inside the Super Arena in Japan.
For the umpteenth time, the Sauerland-promoted World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) showed exactly why their matchmaking philosophy (matching the best versus the best makes the best fights) should be adopted by every single major promoter. The 26-year-old Inoue and the comparatively ancient Donaire, 36, were thrown together in a battle of the ages by the tournament that whittles eight of the division’s best down to two.
Coming less than a fortnight after fans were treated to the Josh Taylor-Regis Prograis thrill-fest that was the WBSS lightweight final, Inoue and Donaire concocted something even better. By virtue of the blood and guts they shared, the rivals became partners who will forever be associated with each other: Inoue and Donaire now rolls off the tongue like bangers and mash, with the sportsmanship the pair displayed providing the gravy.