8:56 AM ETMike CoppingerESPN They name Naoya Inoue “Monster” for good cause.When he met Nonito Donaire in November 2019, Inoue was genuinely examined for the primary time in ESPN’s Combat of the Yr. He defeated Donaire (42-7, 28 KOs) through unanimous determination on that night time.However 31 months later, Inoue made straightforward work of the long run Corridor of Famer with a second-round TKO of their bantamweight title unification bout Tuesday in Saitama, Japan.Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs) floored Donaire with a pointy proper hand within the closing seconds of Spherical 1, after which dropped him once more in Spherical 2.Punch StatsPunchesInoueDonaireTotal landed4216Total thrown8571Percent49percent23percentJabs landed50Jabs thrown3029Percent17percent0percentPower landed3716Power thrown5542Percent67percent38%– Courtesy of CompuBoxA left hook from Inoue wobbled Donaire within the second spherical, earlier than the Japanese star trapped him within the nook and landed a jab, adopted by a proper hand and left hook that scored a second knockdown.Donaire (42-7, 28 KOs) beat the rely, however the 39-year-old from the Philippines was in no form to proceed because the referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of Spherical 2.With the victory, Inoue added a 3rd 118-pound title and cemented himself as ESPN’s No. 2 pound-for-pound boxer (if not No. 1).”Within the very first spherical, I obtained a left hook from Nonito, and that punch made me get up and keep targeted,” Inoue, 29, stated through a translator. “… To have the ability to attain my standing up on the high I have to win this combat so I simply determined … to complete this combat at this second.”The short end was in stark distinction to the primary combat between Inoue and Donaire within the World Boxing Tremendous Collection finals. Inoue, a three-division champion, suffered a fractured proper orbital bone together with a damaged nostril within the early rounds of that matchup.He fought by means of the ache and floored Donaire with a physique shot in Spherical 11. Inoue nearly completed him off, however Donaire survived and misplaced on the scorecards (114-113, 116-111 and 117-109).In between their conferences, Inoue fought 3 times and Donaire fought twice, however it was “The Filipino Flash” who confronted the stiffer competitors.Donaire scored a fourth-round knockout of Nordine Oubaali to grow to be a three-time bantamweight champion and retained the title with a fourth-round KO of Reymart Gaballo in December.Inoue, in the meantime, defended his unified championship 3 times, with wins inside the gap vs. Jason Moloney, Michael Dasmarinas and Aran Dipaen (a TKO-8 victory in December).When Inoue lastly stepped within the ring with Donaire a second time, it felt like a continuation of the primary combat. After 12 rounds in opposition to one another, there was no feeling-out opening spherical as they traded massive pictures within the heart of the ring. However this time, Inoue was even sharper.Donaire entered the ring rated No. 2 by ESPN at 118 kilos, however he offered little resistance vs. Inoue, who additionally gained titles at 108 and 115.”My purpose is to be the undisputed champion,” stated Inoue, ESPN’s No. 1 bantamweight. “If I can do this inside the 12 months of 2022, I might love to remain on this division. But when I am unable to, I am able to elevating my division [to 122 pounds].”A win over England’s Paul Butler, who owns the fourth title at 118 kilos, would accomplish the feat for Inoue. At 122 kilos, matchups with unified champions Stephen Fulton and Murodjon Akhmadaliev await.Donaire, alternatively, might at all times stroll away from the game. He turns 40 in November and his legacy is secured. Donaire gained his first titles in 2007 when he scored a highlight-reel KO of unified 112-pound champion Vic Darchinyan. Donaire went on to win titles at 118 kilos and 122.He even competed at 126 kilos, however after a featherweight loss to Carl Frampton in 2018, Donaire shockingly returned to 118 kilos and regained a title.However now, his rivalry with Inoue is concluded, and possibly even his profession. Donaire stays the one boxer to really take a look at Inoue, who’s peerless at 118 kilos and maybe past.