Photos: Naoya Inoue Destroys Jamie McDonnell in One Round

Japan's Naoya Inoue won his first fight as a bantamweight, knocking out WBA champion Jamie McDonnell in a furious first round on Friday.

Inoue lived up to his nickname, "Monster" in the finale of a world title doubleheader at Ota Gymnasium. Earlier, countryman Kenshiro Teraji defended his WBC light flyweight crown with a second-round knockout of Mexico's Ganigan Lopez.

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Having vacated his WBO super flyweight belt to move up to bantamweight, Inoue only needed a minute to put the Englishman on the backfoot and against the ropes. After a furious combination, the 32-year-old McDonnell was staggered and his side threw in the towel.

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"I trained really hard for this," Inoue said. "The champion came all the way to Japan for this fight and I'm grateful to him."

"As I was warming up tonight, I felt there was something different about the way I was moving, about the way I was punching. I thought that once the fight started, I could go for a knockout tonight," he said.

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With the victory, Inoue improved to 16-0, with 14 of those wins by knockout. McDonnell's record fell to 29-3 with one draw.

It was Teraji's third title defense of the belt he won from Lopez last May. With both fighters jabbing and testing each other's defenses in the second round, Teraji landed a right to the right side of Lopez's rib cage. He cringed, fell to the canvas and did not get up.

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"I was quite nervous in the first round. My heart was pounding," the 26-year-old Teraji said. "The funny thing is that last night at dinner, my dad suggested I use my right to the body. Hard to believe but that did it."

Teraji improved to 12-0 as a pro with seven wins by knockout, while the 36-year-old Lopez's record fell to 34-7.

"I couldn't breathe," Lopez said. "I had prepared for a long fight. It was the first time I've been knocked out by a body blow. It seems Ken Shiro has really increased his power."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Zaroku on 05-26-2018

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;18806306]How many threads do we need about inoue-mcdonnell though?[/QUOTE] Agreed, it was an easy win for inoue, and one master thread would have been enough!

Comment by man down on 05-26-2018

Paper belt lol

Comment by RememberTUA? on 05-26-2018

[QUOTE=pinoy power;18806409]any pinoy would destroy the japan bum. pinoys are the best .[/QUOTE] Umm no they aren't.....

Comment by rudy on 05-26-2018

[QUOTE=pinoy power;18806409]any pinoy would destroy the japan bum. pinoys are the best .[/QUOTE] Yeah right let Jerwin jump up in weight:boxing:

Comment by chico malo loc on 05-26-2018

[QUOTE=pinoy power;18806409]any pinoy would destroy the japan bum. pinoys are the best .[/QUOTE]haha very funny BUM! everyone knows Japanese warriors would smoke your countrymen with ease!

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