Warriors Inoue and Donaire show the world how boxing is supposed to look

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Days before YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul turned pro, Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire delivered a timely classic in Japan, writes Matt Christie

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Saitama • November 7

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.


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