Naoya Inoue wins WBSS bantamweight final in Fight of the Year contender v Nonito Donaire

Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire

One of the pound-for-pound best boxers in the world right now just earned the right to be named the best bantamweight in the business.

In a thrilled 12-round scrap in-front of his home crowd in Japan, Naoya Inoue took home another belt and the prestigious Muhammed Ali Trophy with a victory over future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire.

One of the most feared punchers in the world - regardless of his extremely light weight - Inoue was a perfect 18-0 before the final of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 of those victories coming by way of KO.

'The Monster' fought in the United Kingdom for the first time in his last fight, which was a second round demolishing of Puerto Rican number four-ranked Emmanuel Rodriguez in the WBSS semi-final, but Donaire was going to be a much stiffer test.

It promised to be explosive and it really was, and the closeness of the contest was helped by a nasty cut opened above the right eye of Inoue very early on in the fight.

In the later rounds though Inoue began to assert his power and dominance, and he almost stopped his Filipino opponent in round 11 with a crippling body shot, forcing Donaire to take a knee.

Donaire only just made the 10-count, and he survived until the end of the round, and he survived another onslaught in the final round from the Japanese brute.

The Filipino Flash did much better than was expected, but Inoue was the victor by Unanimous Decision, albeit via some lop-sided scorecards.

Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire were involved in an absolute war in Saitama

One judge scored it an incredibly close 114-113, whilst the two others were a bit more wider for the home-country fighter; 116-111 and unbelievable 117-109 - unfair on Donaire considering he was more than Inoue's equal for the majority.

Inoue though is now the WBA, IBF and The Ring bantamweight champion, and at the minute looks undefeatable.

No doubt the likes of Luis Nery and Zolani Tete will have something to say about that, but with Inoue being the number four-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, he's currently leagues above both of them!

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