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NAOYA INOUE VS PAUL BUTLER – INOUE BRACED FOR ‘BATTLE’ AFTER READING NONITO DONAIRE ADVICE 
1 month ago

Naoya Inoue is braced for a ‘long battle’ with Paul Butler should their blockbuster bantamweight clash be confirmed. 

Inoue and Butler are hoping to agree terms on a fight to become undisputed world champion at 118lbs, later this year. 

The Japanese star holds the WBC, WBA and IBF titles while Probellum fighter Butler owns the WBO version, and a clash between the pair would crown a first undisputed champion at the weight, in almost half a century. 

Inoue has read Nonito Donaire’s recent interview with Probellum.com in which the Filipino Flash – beaten by ‘Monster’ in June – has advised Butler to employ certain tactics against the knockout artist. 

“I read a story that Donaire is advising him to move around, use his jab, utilize his speed, and lateral movement,” Inoue told The Ring.  

“If Butler does that, I think it will be a long battle. A lot of people think I’m a quick KO puncher, always knocking opponents out in the early rounds, but I’m actually not a hyper-aggressive fighter, so I’m going to have to figure out how Butler will come out and how we’ll engage.” 

Inoue has plans to move up a weight class, and become a four-division world champion, but insists he is not overlooking Butler. 

“Butler’s strengths are his footwork, jab and lateral movement. I will need to make a solid strategy,” he added. 

“Butler might not be as big of a threat as Donaire, especially power wise, to be completely honest, but I do think he’s a capable fighter, and this is a full unification fight at 118 pounds, so my motivation is still very high.” 

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