The transcript below is from the video “Japanese Bruce Lee – Naoya Inoue” by The World of Boxing!

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Since his first fight in the professional ring in 2012, the Japanese boxer, Naoya Inoue, managed to become one of the leading knockouts in this sport. Despite some trouble because of various injuries to his hands and back. Inoue continues to beat any opponent to this day without giving them the slightest chance. Starting in the first lightest weight category under 49 kilograms, Naoya Inoue, won two more fights and became the World Champion in the 1st lightest, 2nd lightest and lightest weight categories. Recently, Inoue was matched against Philippine fighter, Nonito Donaire, in a mega fight which was held in November 2019. Let’s look at a few examples of the destructive power of Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Welcome back to the World of Boxing Channel. Now, make yourself comfortable as we look at some interesting moments in the career of one of the most prominent representatives of the boxing world, Naoya Inoue.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Tokyo, Japan, 2012. Naoya Inoue versus Crison Omayao. The Philippine Crison was the first professional test for the 19-year-old debutant. And the rather tough Omayao did not let his opponent relax. Quick jabs created difficulties throughout the match. Protecting Omayao who had to dodge sharply in order to somehow remain in the game. But a hard-left hook into the hall turned Omayao into the first of a long list of victims of the ‘Japanese Monster’.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Tokyo, Japan, 2014. Naoya Inoue versus Adrián Hernández. Already in his sixth match in the professional ring, Inoue met with the Mexican world champion, Adrián Hernández. For whom it was the sixth WBC title defence. Inoue had only six rounds to capture this title. Hernández constantly tried utilizing his combination but each time he missed because of Inoue’s speed and paid the price for it. Naoya knocked out his opponent in Round 6. And the sympathetic referee acknowledged the failure of Hernández’s next defence. Thus, Naoya at the age of 20, became the new World Champion in the WBC, 1st lightest weight category upto 49 kilograms.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Tokyo, Japan, 2014. Naoya Inoue versus Wittawas Basapea. First in the boxing history thanks to winning the WBC title in the fewest number of fights. Naoya Inoue was overwhelmed with confidence in his first defence. His rival was the classic option for such a meeting. An enemy who could create difficulties for the young champion.

The fight lasted eleven rounds which Basapea was knocked down two times. As a result, Naoya won by technical knockout (TKO).

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Tokyo, Japan, 2014. Naoya Inoue versus Omar Narváez. In a dual with Inoue, Narváez came into the ring recognized as Number 1 in the 2nd flyweight division. For this meeting, Naoya rose immediately to 8 categories.

But against the hardest blows of Naoya, the WBC World Champion had no chance. Having been knocked to the ring floor twice in the first round and then again two more times in the second. Narváez conceded defeat. Inoue won the World Champion in the 2nd lightest weight category according to WBO. Thus Inoue, set another record and became the world champion in two weight categories within eight fights. This record was broken only in June 2016 when the Ukrainian, Vasyl Lomachenko, became the champion in seven fights.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Tokyo, Japan, 2015. Naoya Inoue versus Warlito Parrenas. If the experienced Narváez was not able to cope with this hurricane then what can we say about the little known Filipino Parrenas. Warlito Parrenas from the very beginning, looked scared and not like a man who can cope with the power of a Champion.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Tokyo, Japan, 2017. Naoya Inoue versus Ricardo Rodriguez. During the fifth defence of his WBO title, Naoya defeated promising fighter Ricardo Rodriguez, four years his senior. Having quickly seen the weaknesses of his opponent from Mexico, Inoue dominated for two rounds. And in the third round, Rodriguez was sent to the ring floor twice. After a final hit from the champion’s upscale left hook. Ricardo was no longer able to rise before the referee’s countdown.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Carson, California, USA, 2017. Naoya Inoue versus Antonio Nieves. On the night of September 9th, 2017, the fight took place with the American Antonio Nieves for the belt of the World Champion in the WBC 2nd flyweight category. For Inoue this was his sixth defence. Nieves ended up on the floor in the fifth round. And then missed several more, hard blows to the head and body. In round six, his corner refused to continue the fight.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Kanagawa, Japan, 2017. Naoya Inoue versus Yoan Boyeaux. During the seventh defence of the belt, French boxer, Yoan Boyeaux became the enemy of Inoue. In the first round, Naoya sent the Frenchman to the ring floor with his famous left hook. Boyeaux fell four times in total until the referee counted a knockout in the third round. Tokyo, Japan, 2018. Naoya Inoue versus Jamie McDonnell. On May 25th, 2018, McDonnell a British boxing professional, in the lightweight category, met Inoue to hold the seventh defence of his WBA title in four years. The ‘Monster’ broke his plans. Each powerful blow from Inoue shocked the opponent and he won by technical knockout in the first round. Thus, Inoue became the World Champion in the third category.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Yokohama, Japan, 2018. Naoya Inoue versus Juan Carlos Payano. After defeating McDonnell, Inoue announced that he would take part in the second season of the World Boxing Super Series. And on October 7th, as part of the quarter finals of this tournament he knocked out former Dominican world champion Juan Carlos Payano in the very first round.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Glasgow, Scotland, the United Kingdom, 2019. Naoya Inoue versus Emmanuel Rodríguez. After defeating Payano, the next up for Inoue was the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series in Scotland. There he met the energetic and undefeated, then IBF bantamweight champion from Puerto Rico, Emmanuel Rodríguez. In the second round, he knocked out the Champion.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Saitama, Japan, 2019. Naoya Inoue versus Nonito Donaire. On November 7th, 2019, the finale of the World Boxing Super Series was held. Inoue met deadly IBF bantamweight champion, Nonito Donaire. In the first half of the fight, both boxers exchanged punches. In the second round, Inoue missed a strong left hook which led to an injury near the right eyebrow. But he found the strength to continue the fight and in the eleventh round, he even knocked Donaire down with a left hook to the liver. Donaire managed to rise at the count of 9. In the end, Inoue won by a unanimous decision.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

After winning the tournament, Inoue became the clear leader in this weight category. He already had two of the four most prestigious titles, WBO and IBF. What’s next for this champion? After the victory, a contract was signed with Bob Arum and his promotion company, Top Rank. This should bear fruit. An influential promoter like Arum will be able to organize all of the desired fights for Inoue and these fights will most likely be unification battles. With other champions of the division. Leading him on the path toward the title of ‘Absolute World Champion.’




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