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Naoya Inoue Vaults into #3 Spot in CompuBox Plus/Minus Ratings

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Naoya Inoue's 36 landed jabs per round ranks #1 among active fighters.  Inoue doesn't just throw his jab - he lands it - 9 per round, second only to Gennady Golovkin.  Both more than doubled the CompuBox average. Only pound-for-pound contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford have better plus/minus ratings than Inoue.

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Last Saturday night in Japan, WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue and WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro both easily retained their titles.

Inoue demolished France’s Yoan Boyeaux in a third-round technical knockout to improve to 15-0 in his career with 13 knockouts. Ken Shiro, whose real name is Kenshiro Teraji, improved to 12-0 with a fourth-round TKO of Panama’s Gilberto Pedrozo at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

Boyeaux, who hadn’t lost a fight since January 2012, had no answers for a series of punishing left-handed body blows from Inoue, who defended his title for the seventh time.

“My left has been a strength of mine,” said Inoue, who said he would seek either a super flyweight unification title or perhaps try moving up a class to bantamweight.

“I have a lot of options. I’m looking forward to something new, including maybe a new start as a bantamweight.”

Boyeaux’s record fell to 41-5.

Earlier, Shiro made short work of Pedrozo. The world champ kept his opponent from coming close enough to land some ferocious right crosses and started cautiously with left jabs before landing combinations as the second round came to a close.

Pedrozo was staggered in the fourth round and was given a standing eight count before Shiro was quickly on him again, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

“Normally, I’m a slow starter,” Shiro said. “I wanted to up the tempo a little bit. I just tried to apply whatever pressure I could.”

Shiro’s sixth career win by knockout left Pedrozo with an 18-4 record.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by just the facts on 01-07-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18388248]whos this guy actually beat?[/QUOTE] While I agree with you, I find it hypocritical that a year ago you were screaming at the top of your lungs how lil g was p4p #1, ATG, etc and at that point he…

Comment by DramaShow on 01-07-2018

whos this guy actually beat?

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-07-2018

this dude hasn't seen or learned anything from the roman gonzalez story..he shouldn't be moving up so soon..there are unification fights out there for him at 115lbs

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 01-04-2018

Fighting bums leads to good stats. Who knew?

Comment by Stynpine on 01-03-2018

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;18381686]Inoue might go down as the greatest Japanese fighter who ever lived. He is that good.[/QUOTE] It's possible, especially if Inoue gets past the likes of Tete and Nery at bantamweight. If that happens, I'd be more than happy to…

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