On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Naoya Inoue knocked out Michael Dasmarinas three times in three rounds to show why he is known as boxing’s best puncher.
To successfully defend his IBF and WBA bantamweight titles, the Japanese boxer scored three knockdowns from body punches, the third of which crushed his opponent in pain.
Inoue is one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters, and his clinical power punching exhibition in Vegas demonstrated why – he now has 18 KOs in 21 fights as a former light-flyweight, an unheard-of stoppage ratio.
‘The Monster’ was on the attack from the start, and it took him until midway through the second round to land a left hook to the ribs that knocked Dasmarinas out.
Dasmarinas, dubbed ‘Hot and Spicy,’ rose again, wincing, and Inoue still had time in the round to sting him one more.
In the third round, Inoue blasted Dasmarinas with the identical body shot and buried him to the canvas once more.
All seemed lost for the Filipino challenger, who had trained at Manny Pacquiao’s Wild Card camp, yet he valiantly rose again.
But Inoue pounded him with a third left hook to the ribs, and the referee spared him from more punishment when he collapsed to the floor.
Inoue, the three-weight champion, may now face an indisputable championship battle.
Nonito Donaire, who gave Inoue his hardest test yet in a 2019 thriller, just won the WBA championship at the age of 38 and is poised to fight dangerous Filipino John Riel Casimero, who now has the WBO crown.
“I prepare myself to knock them out, whether with a head shot or a body shot,” Inoue stated. I came prepared, and a knockout victory is fantastic for me.
“I just wanted to see what he had in the first round.” It all relied on how he came out, and after a time, I felt I might be able to pull him out.
“Winning makes me happy, but being able to face the winner of Casimero and Donaire makes me much happier.”
Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank, stated: “Inside the ring, Naoya Inoue is a one-of-a-kind natural power. ‘The Monster’ delivers yet another outstanding performance. We’re witnessing a fantastic boxer at work here, and he’ll only get better.”
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