A rematch between bantamweight champions Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue is most likely to happen, given the eagerness both boxers have expressed in early interviews.
But all is obviously well between the two as they share a light moment together during a chance meeting at Inoue and Michael Dasmariñas’ press conference on Friday (Manila time).
Top Rank posted a video on social media where Donaire and Inoue were seen fist-bumping and posing for a photo opportunity as well.
The Japanese “Monster” also showed his humorous side by seemingly “stealing” the WBC belt from Donaire, but the Filipino four-division world champion wouldn’t agree.
With laughter all over the room, the 38-year-old Donaire answered “yes” many times if he’s in for a rematch with Inoue.
Donaire and Inoue fought in November 2019 in a mega-unification bout that earned the Fight of the Year honor.
Inoue emerged victorious with a unanimous decision win over Donaire to capture the super WBA bantamweight belt and defend his IBF title.
The 28-year-old Inoue secured his belts anew after a knockout win over Jason Moloney last October to remain unbeaten in 20 matches with 17 knockouts.
Inoue, however, needs to finish unfinished business for now against Dasmariñas on Sunday (Manila time) at the Virgins Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Donaire, for his part, became the newly-crowned WBC bantamweight champion after stunning Frenchman Nordine Oubaali in late May.