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Photos: Naoya Inoue, Jamie McDonnell - Size Up in Japan

By Ludo Saenz, photos by Naoki Fukuda

The "regular" world bantamweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Englishman Jamie McDonnell, will defend his crown for the seventh time, when he faces two-time world champion (WBC 108 and WBO 115)  Naoya Inoue of Japan, in the main event on Friday in Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

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The fight is organized by Ohashi Promotions and will be broadcast by Japanese TV.

Both fighters exceeded rigorous medical examinations and were in excellent physical condition.

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McDonnell is no stranger to fighting away from home and this Friday he will become the first British fighter to defend a world title in Japan.

But he's a huge underdog against Inoue - who is a born puncher with scary speed and accuracy, and aims to win the fight by knockout.

"I am prepared mentally and physically for McDonnell," Inoue said to Notifight. "We are also prepared to face a taller opponent. He is a very good fighter, we know his quality and we are ready to bring it."

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

I'm British but i really hope inoue ices this guy(in all fairness he probably will) he has benefitted from the good end of a decision against kameda and solis. I say inoue is going to chop him down from the…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=mlac;18795031]probobly checked their hogs too right there, or in 'the monsters' case piglet[/QUOTE] Nah, they call him the monster because he's hiding a Japanese anaconda in his shorts. Could just be rumours though ..:offtopic:

Comment by CineScape on 05-23-2018

The thing I dislike the most about Japan, are the Doctors are so fu cking old. Tons of misdiagnosis due to them not evolving with medicine and staying in their old ways.

Comment by GlassJoey on 05-23-2018

Everyone is saying McDonnell has no chance but they said that about Warrington, Bellew, Dogboe, Gavin McDonnell etc in their last fights. I just hope it is a good fight and McDonnell doesn’t snapped in half from the first big…

Comment by Brooklyn926 on 05-23-2018

I wish they developed a betting system on this site cause you know it’s fun going back and forth about the fights but, but to all my British friends out there picking Jamie yous are delusional.. he will be broken…

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