Naoya Inoue destroys Nonito Donaire in two rounds, adds third belt to 118-pound collection

There's only one "Monster" in boxing.

And it's Naoya Inoue.

The Japanese superstar made easy work of future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire in their highly-anticipated rematch with a second-round TKO in their bantamweight title unification bout Tuesday in Japan.

When they met in 2019, Inoue overcame a broken eye socket to defeat Donaire via unanimous decision, dropping the legendary Filipino with a left hook to the liver in round 11.

But nearly three years later, it was no contest. Inoue hurt Donaire with every punch that connected, including a sharp right hand in the closing seconds of round one. Donaire continued to fight back, but was getting pulverized. In the second round, Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs) walked him down and battered him with left hooks to the body, head, rights to the head, and uppercuts on the inside.

Inoue then followed up with a stiff left jab and consecutive one-two combinations that backed Donaire toward the ropes before he uncorked a left hook that knocked him flat on his back, prompting Michael Griffin to wave off the fight at 1:24 of round two.

According to Compubox, Inoue landed 42 of 85 punches (49 percent), and Donaire connected on just 16 of 71 punches (23 percent).

With the win, Inoue now owns three of the four 118-pound titles and solidified himself as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Paul "Baby Faced Assassin" Butler (34-2, 15 KOs), of the United Kingdom, is the only man standing between Inoue and undisputed status. He holds the WBO belt, while Inoue has the WBC/WBA/IBF straps.

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