Inoue Destroys Payano, Scores Crushing, First-Round Knockout

By Keith Idec

The legend of Naoya Inoue grew Sunday.

Japan’s Inoue, nicknamed “The Monster,” knocked out Juan Carlos Payano with a crushing right hand just 70 seconds into their scheduled 12-round, 118-pound championship match in Yokohama, Japan, Inoue’s hometown. Inoue connected with a jab before blasting Payano with a perfect straight right hand that dumped Payano flat on his back and unable to continue.

Referee Pinit Prayadsab immediately stopped their fight just 1:10 into the first round at Yokohama Arena.


The 25-year-old Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) made the first defense of the WBA world bantamweight title he won by stopping Jamie McDonnell in the first round of his previous fight. He also advanced to the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series’ 118-pound tournament.

In the next round, on a date and at a site to be determined, Inoue will face the winner of the Emmanuel Rodriguez-Jason Moloney quarterfinal for Rodriguez’s IBF title October 20 in Orlando, Florida.

The 34-year-old Payano (20-2, 9 KOs), a former WBA/IBO bantamweight champion, lost by knockout for the first time since making his pro debut eight years ago. The Dominican Republic’s Payano previously lost only a majority decision to Rau’shee Warren in their bantamweight title unification fight in June 2016. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by StefanTosic on 10-10-2018

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Comment by Shrap on 10-08-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;19173834]im a fan allowed to express my opinion, thought that was what a forum was for. im not saying he doesnt look talented [B]im saying we have to take these wins with a pinch of salt before he fights a…

Comment by DuckAdonis on 10-07-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19174874]Nery might not be a p4p talent but I agree they should fight after the wbss. Anybody know what the WBC situation is?[/QUOTE] I think Oubaali vs Rau'shee Warren. Oubaali KO'd Iran Diaz and is undefeated

Comment by Tony Trick-Pony on 10-07-2018

Man, that was brutal. Such short quick shots that just crushed Payano. Inoue's power is unreal. Great win and loving the WBSS as always!

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