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Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell Showdown Lands on ESPN+

The “Monster” will wake up American fight fans on Friday morning.

From the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, two-weight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue will move up in weight to face WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, and WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro will make the third defense of his belt in a rematch against Ganigan Lopez.

This world championship doubleheader, promoted by Ohashi Promotions and Teiken Promotions, will be broadcast live and exclusively in the United States at 7:15 a.m. ET on ESPN+ — the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN.

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Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs) has been competing at the world level since 2014 when, in his sixth professional bout, he knocked out Adrian Hernandez in the sixth round to win the WBC light flyweight title.

Later that year, he moved up two weight classes and stopped longtime WBO junior bantamweight champion Omar Narvaez in the second round. After making seven defenses of that title, Inoue is moving up to fight an established champion in McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs), who has made six title defenses since winning the belt in May 2014.
 
Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs) won the WBC light flyweight over Lopez via majority decision in a closely contested bout May 20 of last year in Tokyo. Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs) fought valiantly in the championship rounds, but Shiro did just enough to earn the decision. Shiro last fought on December 30, scoring a fourth-round TKO over Gilberto Pedroza. For Lopez, this will be his first sanctioned fight since he lost the title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by petero on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18796020]It make perfect sense to the informed boxing fan, not to casuals like you![/QUOTE] STFU "casuals" you talk and we all laugh at you, providing good deluded entertainment. Let's see how this fight turns out.

Comment by evets on 05-23-2018

Any of us brits that can't see McDonnell sold his belt before moving up are muppets. Inoue will beat him and look good doing it, he will solidify his p4p status from it and actually be one of the few…

Comment by Bad_Guy on 05-23-2018

The monster will destroy this poor McDonnell fella. He (and his fans) obviously have no idea who Inoue is since he signed up to fight him. After this fight, Inoue will be ducked by almost everyone until he moves up…

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Clegg;18795415]How many older fights do they have on demand?[/QUOTE] They dont have more than youtube.

Comment by RoyJonesJrp4pno1 on 05-23-2018

Inoue is like a younger faster GGG. He is a killer.

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