ESPN+ results: Naoya Inoue blasts out Jamie McDonnell in one

WBA bantamweight “regular” titlist Naoya Inoue (left) and Jamie McDonnell. Photo credit: Kaz Nagatsuka


Naoya “Monster” Inoue made a big splash in his bantamweight debut after forcing a first round stoppage of Jamie McDonnell in Tokyo, Japan, Friday night. The contest was streamed live in the United States on ESPN+.


The concession of size was thought to be a bigger challenge for the 25-year-old Japanese phenom but, once he let his hands go, it didn’t take long for McDonnell to break. Over the course of the opening minute, McDonnell, Doncaster, England, couldn’t establish a distance suited to his advantage in length, and he quickly found himself moving on the outskirts of the ring against the stalking Inoue. A left hook to the body midway through dropped McDonnell for a knockdown, and it was all downhill from there for the 32-year-old who hadn’t lost in 10 years.


Inoue, 16-0 (14), left no room for the Brit to recover, once time resumed, and he proceeded to trap McDonnell on the ropes for the flurry that led to his ultimate demise. McDonnell, 29-3-1 (13), was overwhelmed and all he could do was try to weather the storm behind his guard but there was no stopping Inoue. A left hook to the head gave McDonnell pause on the ropes, and Inoue followed it up with flurry of seven-or-so power punches that eventually crumbled McDonnell to the mat for a second time. Just before he fell again, referee Luis Pabon stepped in to rightfully stop the fight.


Inoue, who won a WBA bantamweight trinket with the victory, confirmed his entrance into the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament, in the post-fight interview, making this occasion a loud announcement for a tournament that will no doubt crown an undisputed champion of the division. Inoue joins three world titleholders in the WBSS: Ryan Burnett (WBA), Zolani Tete (WBO), and Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF).


In the opening bout of the ESPN+ stream, Ken Shiro knocked out Ganigan Lopez with a perfect body shot, in the second round, to successfully defend his WBC junior flyweight title for the third time.


Shiro, 13-0 (7), displayed a very good jab in the build-up to the tremendous knockout, and Lopez barely had any time to establish himself before winding up on his knees and in pain. The 26-year-old from Uji, Japan, had just landed a power right to the body seconds earlier but a perfect one was placed on the solar plexus just after the midway point in the second. Lopez, 34-8 (19), was hunched over on his knees as referee Vic Drakulich shouted his 10 count, After glancing at his own torso, the Mexican curled back up to take the count.


Shiro won the WBC junior flyweight title from Lopez in May 2017 after earning a majority decision, and, in clearing up any past controversy, the young gun may’ve ended the 36-year-old’s future chances at regaining a world title at 108-pounds.




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