On Tuesday, Japanese famous person Naoya Inoue additional proved his pound-for-pound standing when he received the WBC and WBO tremendous bantamweight titles with an eight-round knockout of undefeated Stephen Fulton in Tokyo, Japan.
The victory made Inoue a four-division world champion – and it was his first combat since knocking out Paul Butler in December to turn into the undisputed bantamweight champion. Inoue is simply the second fighter in Japanese historical past to turn into a four-division belt holder.
Inoue managed Fulton for a lot of the contest. Within the eight, a two-hit mixture despatched Fulton on his again.
Fulton managed to get again up, however was then overwhelmed with punches and was down for the second time when the referee intervened to name off the combat.
Inoue, 30, is 25-0 in his profession, with 22 wins by knockout, whereas Fulton, 29,’s file is all the way down to 21-1 with eight knockouts.
The 2 boxers have been anticipated to collide earlier this 12 months, however the bout was pushed again after Inoue suffered an harm in coaching camp.
“All I considered was combating him this 12 months,” Inoue stated. “Nonetheless, sadly I acquired injured and needed to postpone this combat. I am sorry for my staff and the Fulton staff, however thanks a lot for accepting this combat as soon as once more. I am so joyful proper now.
Inoue was very joyful together with his personal efficiency, however he additionally thinks he can enhance much more with a better weight. The person often called “The Monster” will search to turn into an undisputed world tremendous bantamweight champion.
“I consider I used to be capable of present my elevated velocity and energy on this combat,” Inoue stated. “However I nonetheless have room to enhance, so I’ll get stronger as an excellent bantam.”