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Naoya Inoue’s devastating knockout punch retains boxing’s finest story alive

Naoya Inoue isn’t exactly a household name, but make no mistake he’s the most terrifying boxer that only boxing fans really know about. Inoue defended his WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring super bantamweight titles on Monday in Japan, relegating challenger Luis Nery to the fate so many others have suffered before. Inoue folded

Naoya Inoue’s devastating knockout punch retains boxing’s finest story alive

Naoya Inoue isn’t precisely a family identify, however make no mistake he’s probably the most terrifying boxer that solely boxing followers actually learn about. Inoue defended his WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring tremendous bantamweight titles on Monday in Japan, relegating challenger Luis Nery to the destiny so many others have suffered earlier than.

Inoue folded up Nery within the sixth spherical, bringing his profession report to 27-0, with 24 knockouts. Nicknamed “The Monster,” this was additionally the primary time in his profession that Inoue has been knocked down, consuming a brutal left hook throughout a lapse in focus.

As vicious because the hook was, it solely appeared to gas Inoue. He popped again up and methodically picked aside Nery till he was in a position to ship the knockout blow. This was arguably the largest check of the fighter’s profession, with Nery bringing a 37-1 report into the battle — and it was merely one other day on the workplace.

Inoue stays No. 2 within the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings, narrowly behind Terence Crawford. That might change come August, when Crawford is scheduled to have his first battle in over a 12 months, defending his undisputed welterweight title towards undefeated Israil Madrimov.

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