By Carlos Costa
On fire and thrilling fans once again, “The Monster” Naoya Inoue crushed and stopped Puerto Rican world titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez in a fast and explosive round two knockout win to become the unified WBA/IBF Bantamweight World Champion Saturday, May 18, at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Naoya Inoue’s game excited fans with his quick hands, awesome
His sensational win over Rodriguez propels Inoue (18-0, 16 KO’s) to the great final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS), where the exciting 26-year-old Japanese will battle veteran Filipino WBA Super Champion Nonito Donaire, 36, in one of the most anticipated bantamweight title matches in recent memory.
Three times Naoya Inoue rocked down his Puerto Rican foe, a
The first knockdown was a perfectly-placed left hook thrown by
The brave Puerto Rican — a warrior from the boxing-loving Island
Then, a colossal blow to the mid-section impacted the taller Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KO’s) airing him out, sending him
Yet, the fight went on.
Naoya Inoue’s brutal demolition job indeed
A fantastic, scintillating victory for Naoya Inoue.
Not only has three-division world champion Naoya Inoue claimed another world title strap, advanced to the great final of the WBSS, and won the enthusiasm of so many more fans, but he has sharply ascended to the planet’s P4P list, with many boxing fans already pondering if “The Monster” is as sensational or more than Lomachenko.
While the question lingers, next is “The Monster” Naoya Inoue vs “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire in the great final WBSS later this year, fans wondering who would win.
The author of this column Carlos Costa is a Panama boxing