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Inoue destroys Emmanuel Rodriguez to advance to the WBSS Bantamweight Finals

By. BrotherJR

May 18, 2019

The WBSS Bantamweight semi-final between WBA champion Naoya Inoue and IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez was anticipated to be one of the better fights of the weekend and more intriguing bouts of 2019. However, it was Inoue who once again lived up to his nickname of “Monster” as he annihilated Rodriguez in two rounds at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland to unify the WBA/IBF Bantamweight titles and advance to the WBSS Bantamweight Finals.

In the first round Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KO’s) came out as the aggressor behind the jab, forcing Inoue (18-0, 16 KO’s) to fight on the back foot. However, Inoue responded well by doing a nice job of countering with right hands and left hooks.

The fight took a similar pattern at the start of the second, but that’s when the vaunted power of the Japanese superstar surfaced. Twenty-one seconds into the second round, Inoue landed a solid left-right that stunned Rodriguez.

Seconds later Inoue landed with another right to the head, followed up left hook to the chin that put Rodriguez on the deck. Rodriguez got up, but was obviously hurt and bleeding from the nose.

It was at this point where Inoue smelled blood and pounced. Rodriguez went down for a second time in the round way of a left-right to the body. While the Puerto Rican once again rose to his fight, he was writhing in pain.

Inoue then poured on the punched finishing his salvo with a left hook to the body that put Rodriguez down for a third time in the round. Rodriguez was done, and referee Michael Alexander called a halt to the bout with 1:41 to go in the second round.

This was once again a devastating performance by Naoya Inoue as he may be the most explosive fighter in the sport. During the post-fight interview he was asked about the opponent for the finals, WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire.

While Inoue said he no plan of strategy to fight Donaire yet, he’s really looking forward to the challenge. Donaire, who was at ringside and in the ring during Inoue’s post-fight interview said he’s always felt that it would be him and INoue in the finals and he’s also looking forward to the challenge.

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Naoya Inoue vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez WBBS Bantamweight Semi-Final to Take Place in the U.S.

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By. BrotherJR

October 25, 2018


Last Saturday in Orlando, FL Emmanuel Rodriguez defended his IBF Bantamweight title defeating Jason Moloney by split decision during third quarterfinal of the WBSS Bantamweight tournament. In attendance to do some scouting was current WBA Bantamweight Naoya Inoue who destroyed Juan Carlos Payano earlier this month during his WBSS Bantamweight tournament quarterfinal bout.

Rodriguez and Inoue are now set to fight each other during the semi-final round of the WBSS tournament. While the date and specific locale of the bout has yet to be announced, 3KingsBoxing has learned that the Inoue vs. Rodriguez bout will take place in the U.S.

In Japan yesterday upon his return from witnessing Rodriguez win over Moloney Inoue spoke with the local press and revealed he’s expecting his upcoming bout with Rodriguez to take place in the United States in the Spring of 2019. This sentiment was repeated by his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi. Inoue also disclosed that Rodriguez would be the best opponent that he’s faced so far in his career, applauding Rodriguez on his use of angles, his skills and his technique. Despite the high praise given to his upcoming opponent, Inoue also told the Japanese press that he did note some flaws with Rodriguez.

Naoya Inoue made his U.S. debut as part of the HBO SuperFly3 card in Sept. 2017 (stopping Antonio Nieves in six rounds). Over the last year, the legend and myth of Inoue has seemed to only grow with his move up to Bantamweight blasting out Jamie McDonnell to win the WBA Bantamweight title as well as his recent destruction of Payano. U.S. hardcore boxing heads have been wondering and anticipating the opportunity to see the Japanese dynamo fight in the States again. Well folks, will get that opportunity next Spring, CAN’T WAIT!

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