Naoya Inoue will have his sights set on the unified bantamweight title when he steps into the ring for a long-awaited rematch with Nonito Donaire.
The battle for the WBA (Super), IBF, The Ring and WBC bantamweight titles is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, at Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has all the Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 odds. Inoue has vaulted to a heavy -600 favorite, while Donaire sports long +400 odds of avenging his loss to Inoue almost three years ago.
That means sports bettors backing Inoue must wager $600 to generate winnings of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Donaire will produce a tidy payday of $400.
Inoue vs Donaire 2 Odds
Odds as of June 6 at Sportsbook
A deeper dive into the Inoue vs Donaire 2 odds using our sports betting calculator tells us that Inoue’s -600 odds translate to an implied win probability of 85.71 percent, while Donaire’s lengthy +400 odds have just a 20.00 percent implied win probability.
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Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire 2 Odds Analysis
Unbeaten in 22 fights as a pro, Inoue has also been a darling at the sportsbooks during his lengthening reign atop the bantamweight division.
“The Monster” has sported average closing odds of -2300 in his past two outings, capped by an eighth-round TKO win over Aran Diapen as massive -3000 chalk back in December.
That victory came on the heels of a dominating third-round KO win over Michael Dasmarinas as a -1600 bet just six months earlier.
Donaire Struggling To Find Support At Sportsbooks
After stepping away from the ring for over 18 months in the wake of the November 2019 loss to Inoue that cost him the WBA (Super) bantamweight title, Donaire wasted no time returning to the championship ranks.
The 39-year-old needed less than four rounds to KO Nordine Oubaali in the fourth round of their May 2021 clash and reclaim the WBC bantamweight crown. Donaire then followed up with another fourth-round KO win in his first title defense against Reymart Gaballo this past December.
However, he has yet to regain the confidence at the sportsbooks, where he has been pegged as a betting underdog in four of his past five fights.
Inoue vs Donaire 2 Betting Preview
To describe Naoya Inoue as the most dominant force in the bantamweight division right now is an understatement. While The Monster needed a unanimous decision to claim his victory over Donaire, he has since found a higher gear.
Inoue immediately put Aran Diapen on the defensive in their recent clash, pummeling the sixth-ranked contender relentlessly before finishing him in the eighth round.
In addition to marking his third straight knockout win, Inoue’s victory over Diapen also marked his sixth finish in seven fights. That run started with a TKO win just 1:52 into the 2018 clash with Jamie McDonell that earned him his first world title.
Overall, Inoue has now tallied knockout victories in 19 of his 22 career fights, including nine wins inside three rounds.
Of course, the notable exception to that impressive run is the man he will once again face on Saturday night. Unlike his other championship contests, Inoue found himself facing a crafty veteran opponent in his first date with Donaire, unafraid to go toe to toe and willing to withstand a steady onslaught from the “Knockout Sensation.”
Donaire Poised To Once Again Exceed Expectations
“The Filipino Flash” has enjoyed an epic career. Over the past two decades, Donaire has faced plenty of top-flight talent while claiming world titles in four weight classes. Indeed, his 2019 battle with Inoue has earned praise as one of the greatest bantamweight clashes of all time.
But is there any reason to expect a different result this time around, considering that Donaire is fast approaching 40 years old and faces a 29-year-old champion in his prime?
Donaire’s recent clashes have proven that he still has the ability to end an opponent’s night quickly and violently. In addition, his experience presented real challenges for Inoue during their first meeting.
Donaire was surprisingly effective at working the body in their first tilt and sent the champion home with a broken orbital bone.
Inoue vs Donaire 2 Pick
Despite his recent promises to “bring everything” into this fight, it is tough to see Donaire successfully avenging his 2019 loss to Inoue on Saturday night. That doesn’t mean this will be a mismatch. In fact, quite the contrary.
Donaire’s experience and exceptional skill should make things tough for Inoue. However, considering his advancing age, it is unrealistic to expect Donaire to keep pace with Inoue over the course of 12 rounds after barely making it through the 11th round in their first meeting.