‘The Monster’ has quickly built a reputation for being one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, adding another stoppage to his highlight reel with a devastating performance in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.
Inoue is now a three-weight world champion at the age of 26, adding his latest title in another awesome display of power against a previously undefeated fighter in Rodriguez.
After a bright opening round from both fighters, Inoue took control in the second, sending the champion to the mat with a stinging left 30 seconds into the round.
Perhaps unwisely, Rodriguez rose only to be floored moments again with a vicious body shot that ended the contest.
Inoue will have the chance to add more gold to his collection when he takes on veteran WBA Super champion Nonito Donaire in the WBSS final later this year.
Not long to wait now for our next big fight; Josh Taylor is up next.
What a display from Inoue. The power he possesses as a bantamweight is frightening.
Inoue wins by TKO in the second round!
Devastating from Inoue! He lands a perfect left upstairs that sends Rodriguez to the mat.
The champion bravely gets to his feet but Inoue comes straight back in to drop him again with a shuddering body shot.
Inoue vs Rodriguez | Round 1
A fiesty opener with both man landing shots from the off. Inoue connects with the classier, cleaner punches, but Rodriguez is looking sharp, too.
And we are underway!
Maybe the best kept secret in boxing? If you are tuning into watch Naoya Inoue for the first time tonight; you are in for a treat.
Here we go; it’s time for ‘The Monster’.
IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez is making his way down to the ring.
Taylor’s secret to success
This week, Josh Taylor revealed how he stays calm during fight week – cannabis oil.
“I’m sleeping like a baby, which is probably down to the preparations.
“I’m settled in London, I’m not living out of a suitcase in a hotel but with my girlfriend and dog in the flat.
“I’m relaxed, focused and super confident. I can’t wait. I’m taking this CBD oil, so maybe that’s why I am so relaxed. Maybe that’s why I’m so chilled out.
“Joking aside, it does help me relax and focus. I’ve always had trouble sleeping at night, being a bit hyper and going over things, but the last few camps I’ve taken that stuff and it’s really helped me.
“I’m also happier and more settled down south. I can go back to the flat after my sessions in the gym, rather than just hanging about.
“I can walk the dog, go for something to eat, go and have a sleep. I think that’s a key factor.”
Inoue targeting another knockout
Anyone who watched ‘The Monster’ dismantle Juan Carlos Payano inside 70 seconds late last year will be eagerly awaiting another masterpiece from the Japanese powerhouse tonight.
And he has promised to deliver a similar result.
“My aim is always a KO,” Inoue said during fight week. “I came to Scotland to win and move to the final, proving I am the best bantamweight in the world.”