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Donaire vows to beat Inoue in rematch

Reigning WBC world bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. vowed to defeat the WBA and IBF world bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue when they square off for a second time on June 7 at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs) and Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs) first met inside the ring in 2019, where the Japanese superstar was pushed to his limits en route to winning via unanimous decision in a bout that was touted as Fight of the Year.

"Our first fight was brutal and amazing, it was a classic, but the rematch is going to be even better. I am heading into this monumental fight with a new mindset because the first contest with Inoue was an awakening for me and I now know I can defeat him," Donaire said.

Donaire, 39, is coming off back-to-back wins via knockout against Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo since that fateful night. He is now in Japan with his wife and trainer Rachel, brimming in confidence that he would emerge victorious against Inoue.

"June 7, in Japan, is going to be a special evening for the sport, and make no mistake, it will end in a Donaire victory," he said.

—MGP, GMA News