Nonito Donaire is convinced he has made bigger improvements than Naoya Inoue since the pair fought in a modern-day classic.
And the Filipino Flash says he will show how he has moved into a “different realm” when they rematch 2019’s Fight of the Year, on June 7, in Japan.
Inoue edged their dramatic and brutal first encounter, but Donaire insists he knew instantly after his points defeat at the Super Arena, how he could beat his Japanese rival.
The 39-year-old rebounded from the loss by winning the WBC title to cement his future Hall of Fame status and Donaire has warned Inoue he must be prepared to face the best ever version of four-weight world champion.
“Inoue has improved a little bit, but I think the biggest improvement has been in me,” Donaire told Probellum.com.
“I’ve fought the better guys compared to him, since we fought. He’s still learning to be better but for me, I’m learning to ascend to a different realm in terms of boxing IQ and boxing ability.
“And my body is on a different level now as well.
“I do believe that he is getting better, but we will see who is better on June 7.”
The WBC belt that Donaire ripped from Nordine Oubaali last May, will be on the line next month along with Inoue’s WBA and IBF titles.
Donaire then defended his crown with another statement performance, stopping Reymart Gaballo in December to help pave the way for a rematch with Inoue.
“When I finished the last fight, I instantly had a feeling of: ‘I can beat this guy, I’ve got to get the rematch’” Donaire told Probellum.com
“Right off the bat when I was walking into the locker room after the fight.
“And so, I am grateful that Richard Schaefer guided me to get all the right fights to get to that level I needed for a rematch, firstly with the Oubaali fight and then the Gaballo. And now here I am.”
You can also follow our official news, results, and information account, Probellum News, on Twitter.