On Sunday, May 21, 2017 Super Flyweight phenom Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a third-round knockout victory against Ricardo Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs) to successfully defend his WBO title at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan.
Inoue is a 24-year-old prodigy from Tokyo, Japan who made his professional debut in October of 2012.
In only his sixth-fight, just before turning 21, Inoue fought for his first world title and won the WBC Light Flyweight title against Adrian Hernandez. That was in 2014.
After defending his title one, Inoue moved up two weight classes to fight for the WBO Super Flyweight title in a second-round knockout victory against Omar Andres Narvaez. Since then, he has been dominant in his title reign.
Today Rodriguez did not pose a threat to this dominant reign as Inoue pummeled with with combinations and counter punches.
The Super Flyweight division, with a weight limit of 115 pounds, is red hot with name such as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, Khalid Yafai and Juan Francisco Estrada, all of whom either have titles or are recent former champions.
Unification fights and title bouts between any combination of these fighters would make for very good fights. Each of these fighters promise volume punching and action fights.
Check out the stoppage again below:
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In the co-main event, Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs) scored three knockdowns en route to a dominant first-round knockout against Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13 KOs) to win the IBF World light flyweight title.
Melindo, a 29-year-old native of the Philippines, had previously fought for that same time in 2015 against Javier Mendoza, but lost via technical decision. Today, however, he was utterly dominant in his first title victory.
Check out Melindo’s stoppage victory below:
Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.