News | May 18 2019

Naoya Inoue monsters Emmanuel Rodriguez

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JAPAN’S Naoya Inoue looks both terrifying and unstoppable.

At the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow on Saturday, he ravaged Emmanuel Rodriguez with devastating punches. He made what should have been the hardest fight of his 18-0 career look one-sided. The Puerto Rican is a highly skilled operator, an accomplished IBF bantamweight world champion. But Inoue destroyed him inside two rounds.

Rodriguez had come to Scotland with a plan, working his way forward actively in the first round. He landed a right cross to Inoue’s jaw and started to jab well. Working in combination, he caught the Japanese with a left hook to the jaw. But Inoue served a warning shot with a monstrous cross. Rodriguez didn’t let it dissuade him, resuming his attack and placing his own cross through Naoya’s defences.