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Photos: Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell - Final Presser

The “Monster” will wake up American fight fans on Friday morning. (photos by Naoki Fukuda).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Outworn on 05-24-2018

Can't wait to see Naoya Inoue showcase his skills. Fcuk the inbred haters!!

Comment by Scopedog on 05-24-2018

I honestly didn't realise that McDonnell is THAT much taller than Inoue. I dunno about this fight, I don't see Inoue having the same easy routes to the body that he's had in prior fights, and McDonnell can not only…

Comment by theface07 on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing42;18798224]Didn’t you just make a thread about not hating? Moving up 13 lbs is no easy feat[/QUOTE] The guy is a total clown who likes to sh*t on anyone who is getting attention because they are winning and rising fast.…

Comment by theface07 on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=The Mack.;18797746]i think im gonna puke at the reaction when inoue wins, cause he seems to be the boxing hipsters fighter of choice despite beating absolutely nobody even though hes been in a stacked division. we gonna stick him at…

Comment by Boxing42 on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=The Mack.;18797746]i think im gonna puke at the reaction when inoue wins, cause he seems to be the boxing hipsters fighter of choice despite beating absoluteoly nobody even though hes been in a stacked division. we gonna stick him at…

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