News | May 25 2018

Naoya Inoue is monstrous in first round stoppage of Jamie McDonnell

Scary Japanese puncher Naoya Inoue needed less than two minutes to stop Jamie McDonnell and snatch his WBA Regular bantamweight title
Naoya Inoue
Naoya Inoue  |  Naoki Fukuda

TODAY (May 25) in Tokyo, Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue needed just one minute and fifty-two seconds to stop Britain’s Jamie McDonnell, win his third world title – albeit of the WBA Regular variety – in a third weight class, and perhaps emerge as the new favourite to win the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) bantamweight tournament when it gets underway later this year.

Poor McDonnell, a seasoned fighter with stamina for days and a reputation for durability, was caught by a left hook in an exchange and failed to recover. Hurt, wobbled, and in the firing line of a noted puncher, the aptly-named ‘Monster’, McDonnell tried riding out the storm, but was dropped by a hook to the body and then, moments later, finished against the ropes as both men traded shots.

Long considered a potential pound-for-pound number one, Inoue this afternoon confirmed his status as one of the scariest punchers on the planet and will now, we’re told, look forward to a place in the WBSS bantamweight tournament, where he’ll be joined by the likes of Ryan Burnett, the WBA Super champion, WBO ruler Zolani Tete, and new IBF king Emmanuel Rodriguez.