Real or not: Canelo-GGG III in 2021? | KYODO NEWS, Oct 17, 2020 Real or Not: Fury-Wilder III without fans? "Moloney has stamina, and if we get tangled up in the second half of the fight it's going to turn into a mental battle," said the fighter nicknamed "The Monster.". To put this into perspective, McDonnell had never been stopped in more than 30 professional fights. To date, 12 of Inoue's 17 professional bouts have been title fights. "The reason I put him above Crawford and Lomachenko is that he goes in there with the intentions of hurting people and leaving no doubt in the fight.". 1," said trainer Rudy Hernandez, who has one of the sharpest set of eyes in the game. Inoue began his career in 2012 with a fourth-round KO of Crison Omayao. WBA ‘Regular’ World Bantamweight Champion, ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue, announced himself in the Bantamweight tournament in the most spectactular fashion, stopping Juan Carlo Payano in just 70 seconds! In an exclusive interview, Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue breaks down his incredible WBSS journey which saw him winning the Muhammad Ali Trophy and unifying the IBF & … The 27-year-old said he wanted to begin the second chapter of his career with his first bout in Las Vegas, but admitted to feeling nervous about fighting without fans in the seats. Luis Nery wins title, John Riel Casimero shines in TKO victory, Josh Taylor's incredible path to the top includes a near-death experience and a few motorcycle crashes. Boxing debate: Who's next for Tyson Fury, if not Deontay Wilder? In his fourth fight, Inoue defeated Ryoichi Taguchi -- a veteran of 20 bouts at the time, who had a record of 18-1-1. Perhaps it's because he has been fighting in the smaller divisions in Asia for the most part, having begun his career as a junior flyweight (108 pounds). His punches aren't so much thrown, but seemingly thrust from a cannon. "Sometimes you run into guys that are great punchers but are not really quick, so you can't adjust. To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. The bout will be Inoue's first in the boxing capital of the world, and is slated to take place behind closed doors at "The Bubble" in Las Vegas' MGM Grand to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. - "But this kid just has it all. "My aim is a KO in any fight," Inoue told ESPN.com. WBA ‘Regular’ World Bantamweight Champion, ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue, announced himself in the Bantamweight tournament in the most spectactular fashion, stopping Juan Carlo Payano in just 70 seconds! "His timing, he has a good eye, he just seems to be a step ahead of everybody," Hernandez said. | KYODO NEWS, Oct 17, 2020 Inoue's first defense came in the opening round of the WBSS -- a fight in which he knocked out the normally durable Juan Carlos Payano in the first round. Nieves, who was born in Cleveland but has a Puerto Rican background like Rodriguez, has realistic expectations about what kind of chance Inoue's challenger has this weekend. By Chris Williams: Vasiliy Lomachenko is hoping to expand his options by letting it be known that he’s willing to fight unbeaten IBF/WBA bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs). 2 hours ago - 13:56 | Sports, All, Japan. | KYODO NEWS, Oct 18, 2020 It's a fight that Inoue is expected to win, and would add another notable name to his hit list. The Japanese fighter, already a 3-weight World Champion, has had two World title bouts this year with them lasting a combined 3:02! Nieves recalls that as he was hit early on by a clean shot from Inoue, he immediately became a believer in Inoue's vaunted power. The Japanese fighter, a world champion in his third weight class, moved up from super flyweight to win the WBA bantam crown in 2018 and added the IBF title to his resume in May 2019. His overall resume over 17 professional bouts (17-0, 15 KOs) is impressive. In the age of multiple sanctioning bodies, many fighters have been engineered to win titles in various weight classes by picking and choosing soft spots, but it's rare that a boxer is considered one of the best in each division that he has competed in. ET), is that he hasn't just won belts in three different divisions. In a match-up between two fighters with high knockout-to-win ratios and devastating power, Inoue said a KO would likely happen in the beginning or middle of the fight. If you wish to change your message, press 'Cancel' to go back and edit. But WBA bantamweight "regular" world titleholder Naoya Inoue, of Japan -- currently rated No. Are the Charlos elite champions? How does new featherweight titlist Emanuel Navarrete stack up against the best in the division? He has a booming right hand and a left hook to the body that would make Julio Cesar Chavez proud. "I want to put on a fight that gets the people watching on video pumped up," Inoue said. There have been seven boxers who had never been knocked out before facing Inoue, who failed to see the final bell against "The Monster." Moloney vows to cause Mayhem in clash with Monster, Three Ali Trophy champions on talkSPORT’s Top 10 pound-for-pound list, ‘Monster’ list of 2019 prizes for the World Boxing Super Series, "Boxing at its finest" – Inoue vs Donaire named FOTY by Boxing News. He's just a great overall fighter.". What went wrong between Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya and DAZN? Taguchi eventually became a junior flyweight world titleholder, made seven title defenses and unified the WBA and IBF belts during his reign. MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline. Two fights later, in 2014, Inoue stopped Adrian Hernandez in Round 6 to win the WBC junior flyweight world title. The case for Inoue, who faces IBF bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs), of Puerto Rico, in the World Boxing Super Series semifinals Saturday night at the SSE Hydro in Scotland (DAZN, 2 p.m. "Each of us will have the same conditions, but how to stay focused and keep calm when I'm in a tough spot or how I'll feel when I come up to the ring without any fans around is stuff that's on my mind.". "He can move up to 122," said Hernandez, ''and do very well there. Can Kell Brook upset Terence Crawford? At times, he seems to come out of his shoes as he punches, but he is able to keep his balance and maintain his defensive integrity. | KYODO NEWS, Oct 12, 2020 The 29-year-old Australian is looking to capture his first world title after losing a 2018 challenge for the IBF bantamweight title against Emmanuel Rodriguez, who lost it to Inoue last year. Naoya Inoue next fight will be held on April 25, 2020 against John Riel Casimero. "I thought a lot about April's postponed bout but it ended up being good timing for me because of the eye injuries I got in the previous fight," Inoue said. The Japanese fighter, a world champion in his third weight class, moved up from super flyweight to win the WBA bantam crown in 2018 and added the IBF title to his resume in May 2019. Whether I end it decisively or not, I want to fight with great expectations.". Inoue stops Payano in 70 secs to advance to the Semis! Whether or not you take pound-for-pound lists in boxing seriously, one thing you'll immediately notice about those rankings nowadays is that either unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko or welterweight world titleholder Terence Crawford sits at No. Editor's Picks. 7 by the ESPN panel -- could be the most dominant fighter in the world that many fans have never had the opportunity to see fight. "He punches hard and he punches fast,'' Nieves said. 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"The catch is there won't be a crowd. | KYODO NEWS, Oct 13, 2020 Please check your inbox for a confirmation email. KYODO NEWS Will Lopez beat Lomachenko? "He honestly is a great fighter and I would say [a top] pound-for-pound [boxer]," Nieves said. Inoue was scheduled to face WBO title holder John Riel Casimero of the Philippines on April 25 in Las Vegas in a bantamweight title unification bout, but the fight fell through after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. "I fought in front of 20,000 people last year in November but the next fight is without any spectators," Inoue said. Simply enter your email address below and an email will be sent through which to complete your subscription.
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