Naoya Inoue vs Kohei Kono – Highlights (Inoue KNOCKS OUT Kono)


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December 30th, 2016. Japanese sensation and destructive puncher Naoya Inoue aka “Monster” (井上尚弥) takes on “Tough Boy” Kohei Kono (河野公平) in the 4th defense of his WBO World Super Flyweight Title. A title which he won by knocking out Omar Narvaez in 2 rounds back in December 2014.

Prefight records; Inoue 11(9)-0, Kono 32(13)-9-1.

Going into the fight, Inoue was already world champion in 2 weight divisions at 108 and 115. He hold notable victories over Ryoichi Taguchi, Adrian Hernandez, Omar Narvaez and David Carmona.

On the other hand, Kono was 2 time WBA Super Flyweight Champion who has beaten the likes of Denkaosan Kaovichit, Tepparith Singwancha and Koki Kameda.

From the opening bell, Inoue’s punches landed with pinpoint accuracy while showing a great defense; blocking most of Kono’s punches. Kono to his credit, displayed his great fighting heart and even managed to land some good body shots in a number of occasions.

Kono’s best round was in the 5th, when he in addition to connecting with several body blows actually managed to hurt Inoue momentarily with head shots while pinning him on the ropes.

But Inoue’s power, precision and youth ultimately proved to be too much for the 16 year veteran; Kono was knocked down in the 6th stanza, and showed greater determination by beating the count but visibly troubled despite being up on his feet.

Inoue immediately follow up and floored his overwhelmed challenger once again. Referee Robert Byrd called a halt to the bout without a count as Kono was clearly in no position to carry on.

Following his win over Kono, he made 3 successful defenses of his WBO Crown in 2017 against Ricardo Rodriguez, Antonio Nieves and Yoan Boyeaux all via knockouts.

On May 25th, Inoue will take on Jamie McDonnell in his 118 pounds debut. McDonnell’s WBA Bantamweight Title will be on the line. Will Inoue make history and become a Triple Crown World Champion?

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