Tokyo, Japan – Naoya Inoue became the undisputed super bantamweight champion on Saturday night, knocking out Stephen Fulton in the eighth round.
Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs) dominated the fight from start to finish, using his superior power and speed to overwhelm Fulton (21-1, 8 KOs).
The Japanese star landed a brutal right hand to the body in the eighth round that sent Fulton to the canvas. Fulton beat the count, but he was clearly hurt and the referee stopped the fight.
The win was Inoue’s 19th knockout in a row and it solidified his status as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Highlights of the fight:
- Inoue landed a hard right hand to the head in the first round that knocked Fulton off balance.
- Inoue continued to land heavy punches throughout the fight, cutting Fulton over the eye in the fourth round.
- In the eighth round, Inoue landed a devastating right hand to the body that sent Fulton to the canvas.
- The referee stopped the fight after Fulton beat the count, but he was clearly hurt and unable to continue.
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What’s next for Inoue?
Inoue is now the undisputed super bantamweight champion, and he has his sights set on even bigger challenges. He has expressed interest in fighting WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., and a fight between those two would be a massive clash of two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Inoue could also move up to lightweight, where he would be a major contender for the world title. A fight against undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. would be another huge fight that would capture the attention of boxing fans around the world.
No matter what he does next, Inoue is sure to be a major player in the boxing world for years to come. He is a truly special talent, and he is only just getting started.