Former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton believes a “shock” may very well be in retailer for the rematch between Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue.
Frampton defeated Donaire in 2018 and says it’s outstanding that the Filipino Flash stays on the prime of the game, on his fortieth 12 months.
The Irish boxing legend calls his former opponent, and now buddy, the “Benjamin Button of Boxing”.
Frampton says Inoue carries formidable energy, however he’s backing Donaire to take the Japanese star’s greatest pictures and retaliate in a battle that would ship shockwaves by the game on June 7.
“Inoue is a good fighter and one of many keys for Nonito is to stick with him and to have the ability to take a little bit of punishment,” Frampton advised Probellum.
“Inoue has acquired severe energy, however Donaire has acquired a great chin and he has the flexibility to take pictures and fireplace again. I’d not be stunned if there was a shock on the playing cards in Japan. From the primary battle, if anybody goes to have learnt and made the changes, then it’s Nonito. He’s been round this sport an extended, very long time.”
The primary contest went down as Battle of the Yr conflict after a dramatic battle over 12 rounds, gained by Inoue.
However Donaire has talked with confidence all through the build-up to their rematch and Frampton is predicting one more basic contest.
“It’s unbelievable that he’s nonetheless preventing on the very highest degree at 39-years-old,” he mentioned.
“He’s the Benjamin Button of Boxing. It feels disrespectful to say Nonito is getting higher with age, as a result of he’s been an important fighter for a very long time, however he has been capable of keep world class high quality for a very long time. Folks have been saying he was too outdated forward of the primary battle with Inoue in 2019!
“Forward of that first battle, I used to be telling people who Nonito would give Inoue a battle and that it will be shut. Folks simply thought I used to be saying it as a result of we’ve turn out to be mates, however I all the time give my sincere opinion about any battle.”
Frampton defeated Donaire on factors in Belfast in 2018 however recollects how his comfy lead was met with a impolite awakening in spherical 11.
“He nailed me within the eleventh spherical and though I had a large enough lead, I had to enter the ultimate spherical saying to myself: ‘Simply be protected’.
“And so, I do know from expertise, that Nonito is all the time harmful, and I’m actually trying ahead to this battle. It will be a cracking battle and it highlights the standard within the decrease divisions.”