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Naoya Inoue: I Look Forward To Fighting Nonito Donaire

Naoya Inoue enhanced his reputation as one of the most exciting fighters on the planet with a brutal second-round stoppage of Emmanuel Rodriguez in Glasgow.

The Japanese put on a sensational show in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final to defeat the previously unbeaten Rodriguez and add the IBF world bantamweight title having already held the WBA's regular belt.

Inoue, a three-weight world champion, improves his professional record to 18-0 and advances to the final against WBA Super champion Nonito Donaire later this year.

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Rodriguez – who slips to 19-1 after suffering a first professional defeat – was bright enough in the first round, but Inoue stepped up the gears from there.

A fierce left hook sent Rodriguez to the canvas and he was floored again with a vicious body shot and, although he got up again, a flurry of combinations from Inoue ended the fight.

"I came out looking to be aggressive, and I kept that going and I did well tonight. He won the first round and I didn't know how it was going to turn out after that," Inoue said.

"I felt very much at home; everyone here made me feel at home. Donaire has had a great career and is a great fighter. I respect him and I look forward to fighting him."

In the main event, Edinburgh-born Josh Taylor outclassed Ivan Baranchyk to win the IBF world super-lightweight title via unanimous decision.

Taylor (15-0) floored Baranchyk (19-1) twice in round six and landed three heavy blows in the 10th that rocked his opponent.

An exciting final round saw Baranchyk stagger Taylor, but the Scot fired back with a brutal left of his own.

Taylor won on all three scorecards (117-109, 115-111, 115-111) to move in to the World Boxing Super Series final against Regis Prograis.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bestlefty on 05-20-2019

Inoue will be the favorite but casual fans are counting out Donaire. Time to prove them wrong. War Donaire.

Comment by Mr.365 on 05-20-2019

let's make it happen

Comment by Boxfan7819 on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=NachoMan;19758409]This also SEEMS like a rational argument, but, again, untrue. Pinoys subvert the law of averages. Boxingscene has proven beyond any doubt that ALL Pinoy boxing fans (yes, every last one of them) is maddeningly biased and irrational.[/QUOTE] On youtube…

Comment by Sinbad on 05-20-2019

Somone posted here: Typical passing the torch-fight. This is correct. Inoue is a real monster like i've said all along. Donaire is a great fighter who is making a last hurrah here and he is past his prime. It should…

Comment by Ca$ual Fan on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=NachoMan;19758409]This also SEEMS like a rational argument, but, again, untrue. Pinoys subvert the law of averages. Boxingscene has proven beyond any doubt that ALL Pinoy boxing fans (yes, every last one of them) is maddeningly biased and irrational.[/QUOTE] What a…

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