Japan's knockout artist Naoya Inoue claimed another world title belt in dominant fashion Saturday, beating International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez by knockout in only two rounds.
Inoue, who also held the World Boxing Association "regular" bantamweight championship, booked his place in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final with the win.
The 26-year-old dropped his Puerto Rican opponent three times to end the fight after 1 minute and 19 seconds of round two at Glasgow's SSE Hydro arena.
Rodriguez seemed to never fully recover from the first knockdown and he was getting damaged hard to the head and body.
"I came to Britain thinking I should keep my cool even during the fight. I'm really glad I was able to do that and pull off a good performance," said Inoue, known to fans by the nickname "Monster."
Inoue, who has won world titles in three weight classes, including light flyweight and super flyweight, improved his record to 18 wins, with 16 KOs.
He will face WBA super champion Nonito Donaire in the final. The 36-year-old Filipino is 40-5 with 26 KOs.
Rodriguez had far less experience than his talented opponent, but offered no excuses for the decisive defeat.
He plans to regroup and come back stronger by the end of the year.
"I could not get the victory. There are no excuses, I trained like never before. The preparation was excellent. My entire team did did an excellent job. But they can not fight for me, everyone did the job that was theirs. I went in there to do mine," Rodríguez said.
"A defeat would hurt anyone, but we were going for it, this does not end here. We are going to continue forward."