On November 7th we get one of the biggest fights in Japanese boxing history, as the world turns it's attention to the Saitama Super Arena to see Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] take on Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26) in the WBSS Bantamweight final. The bout will see the two men look to unify the WBA and IBF titles as well as claim the Muhammad Ali trophy.
Today Inoue took part in a media work out for the press in Japan and, unsurprisingly, he impressed those who attended the work out.
As part of the work out the "Monster" sparred with Ohashi gym stablemate Sho Nakazawa (12-4, 6) [中澤奨], and really seemed to give Nakazawa fits due to his defense. Nakazawa struggled to land anything clean on Inoue who's defense was described in the Japanese as being like an "Iron wall" after the session. As well as being defensively impressive he also showed off his offense and and turned the tables on Nakazawa, who seemed worn out after 3 rounds, but was also impressed by Inoue's often under-rated defense.
The Japanese star also spoke about the ticket sales for the bout, and he seemed genuinely surprised by how quickly had been sold for the bout, given it's on a Thursday. The main ticket places had sold out a few days ago, before extra tickets were made available, and with 2 months to go until the fight it seems obvious they could have opened up a lot more of the venue than the set up they are planning to use.
The training for Inoue is set to take a big step up next week, as he begins fully fledged training, and he's planning to bring in sparring from the US, including a 2020 Olympic hopeful. A running camp is also planned for later in the month as well.
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As we all know on November 7th Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26) will clash in the WBSS Bantamweight final, as they look to unify the WBA and IBF titles and claim the Muhammad Ali trophy.
Today, more than 2 months away from the bout, tickets for the event have been made available to the general public.
The bout, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena, will be set up for around 22,500 people and is expected to sell out thanks to the huge popularity of both men, and the significance of this huge bout.
The prices for tickets vary from ¥100,000 for the A class seats down to ¥10,000 for the E class seats and can currently be purchased through the Ohashi Gym store, for both members and none members, using this link.
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Press Release - 26 August 2019
High expectations – Inoue & Donaire face-to-face in Tokyo
Japan’s ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) and legendary Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) met on Monday in Tokyo ahead of their showdown for the 118lb Ali Trophy at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on November 7.
“I recognize how important the WBSS final is to my career,” said 26-year-old Inoue, WBA ‘Regular’ and IBF World Bantamweight titlist. “And how important it will be for my career going forward. I am very aware there are high expectations of me from everyone.
“When this tournament started Nonito Donaire was the fighter I wanted to fight most. I am truly pleased that I am able to fight him in the final of this tournament. So, on November 7th I will give everything I have in this tournament final and attain the Ali Trophy.
“This fight is against Inoue who is one of the best fighters in the world,” said Donaire 36-year-old, WBC Diamond and WBA ‘Super’ World Bantamweight Champion. “To see where my career has been and what people have said about where I am and coming back to the division it inspires me, it motivates me, but most of all it excites me. This is where I wanna be.”
“It is going to be amazing to see the Ali Trophy be lifted by one of these sensational athletes,” adds Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of Comosa, the organiser of the World Boxing Super Series.
“On November 7 at the Saitama Super Arena, one of the largest indoor arenas in the world, it is the defining moment for the ‘Monster’ and ‘The Filipino Flash’. It is going to be a drama: The Drama in Saitama!”
The road to Saitama and the concluding bout in the bantamweight edition of Season II of the World Boxing Super Series:
Tournament No. 2 seed Inoue knocked out Juan Carlos Payano 70 seconds into their quarter-final and then stopped Emmanuel Rodriguez in round two of the semi as he blasted his way to the final contest for the coveted Ali Trophy.
Unseeded Donaire defeated No. 1 seed, Ryan Burnett, as he suffered a lower back injury and had to withdraw from their quarter-final, and then knocked out replacement Stephon Young in round five after Zolani Tete was ruled out of their semi due to a shoulder injury.
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WBSS Season 2 Finals:
On November 7th we'll see Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26) battle in their WBSS final, and unify the WBA and IBF Bantamweight titles.
Today the two men attended a special press conference to talk about the contest Tokyo Dome Hotel, talking about their bout and meeting up for the first time since facing up to each other in Glasgow, back in May. Unlike some fighters these two didn't try to sell the bout on fake beef or animosity.
From the very start of the press conference the two men showed nothing but respect, shaking hands and speaking very highly of each other.
Donaire started the press conference by stating he was excited to face Inoue, regarding him as the best in the division and it was great to fight in Japan, which had influenced him and his fight style, thanks to the cultures of Samurai and Bushido. It was respect of not only his opponent but the venue of the fight and the culture of those who will be attending.
Donaire added that the fight has a lot of meaning to him and that he had been motivated through many set backs by his wife, Rachel who also attended the press conference, whilst trying to suggest that despite his age he shouldn't be written off here due to his heart and warrior spirit.
When Inoue took the microphone he explained that this was the fight he wanted the most in the WBSS an that it will be the biggest of his career so far. He then added some flattering comments about Donaire, stating he had modeled his career on Donaire from his high school days and had long respected the Filipino icon. He also explained that he was wary of Donaire's biggest weapon, his left hook. Though finished by talking about the impact of such a big fight.
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After weeks of speculation we can now, finally, confirm that Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] will indeed be challenging WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12) on November 7th, at the Saitama Super Arena, as part of the support card for the WBSS final between Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26).
The bout will see Oubaali make his second defense of the title whilst Inoue will look to turn his interim title into the full WBC title here.
Oubaali, a French-Moroccan, won the title in January, when he beat Rau'shee Warren in the US and he made his first defense in July, when he stopped Arthur Villanueva. Inoue on the other hand won the interim title at the very end of 2018, when he out boxed Petch Sor Chitpattana.
With the bout taking place on the same card as the WBSS final this will very much be an Inoue family affair, and the two men, along with Donaire, attended today's press conference.
Talking about the contest Takuma stated-
“It's finally decided. I'm looking forward to joining my brother in the world battle ring and I can't lose. Oubaali is the strongest opponent with a competitive and technical skill. I want to win with my brother on November 7th"
Naoya also spoke about Takuma's bout and revealed he was more nervous about his brohter's fight than his own.
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