Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs) earned his third world title in a third weight class by stopping Jamie McDonnell (29-3-1, 13 KOs) for the WBA junior flyweight title in Tokyo, Japan.
The bout, which streamed live on ESPN+, showcased Inoue’s incredible skills, as he completely dominated McDonnell, despite a 5-inch height disadvantage.
Early on in the opening round, Inoue hurt McDonnell with a left hook to the head that wobbled him. Moments later, Inoue connected with a left to the body that sent him down.
McDonnell made it to his feet but was in bad shape and Inoue followed it up with a series of punches, including another hard left to the head that sent the defending champion down, just as the referee was waving it off.