In the World Boxing Super Series semi-final of the bantamweight fight between Naoya Inoue and Emmanuel Rodriguez, Inoue won over his opponent by stoppage win in mere 2 rounds.
After defeating Rodriguez, the Japanese undefeated boxier has now added the IBF belt to his already held WBA belt. During their fight, Inoue dropped his opponent 3 times on the canvas during the 2nd round in a fight that was held at the SSE Hydro arena located in Glasgow.
With this win, Inoue has set himself up for a fight against the Nonito Donaire in the WBSS final.
From the opening bell, the 26 years Inoue led the charge of the fight with his clear combinations as he won the round easily against the previously undefeated Puerto Rican fighter.
The 2nd round saw Inoue not wasting any second as he landed a left hook with 30 seconds into the round to floor his opponent for the first time in the fight.
As for Rodriguez, he was clearly shaken by his opponent’s ruthless assault and had blood pouring down from his nose. He got back up but after a few seconds was again floored for the 2nd time.
Rodriguez looked at his corner with him shaking visibly as he tried to stand out the round. However, a flurry of punches awaited him that knocked him down for the third time. He made the count but the referee had seen enough to wave off the fight in favor of the Japanese.
Inoue whose carrier record is now 18 wins with 16 Kos, said, “I came out in this fight being aggressive and I did well tonight. He won the first round and I did not know as to how it was going to turn out. I felt very much at home here and everyone made me felt this way. Donaire has a great career as a fighter and I respect him a lot. I look forward to the fight with him.”