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Inoue once again defense title in an expert display

Source: Top Rank Boxing

Three division champion Naoya Inoue(21-0,18 KOs) once again shows why many boxing fans consider him to be one of the best active boxers in the world right now. The fight lasted less than three rounds, with Inoue knocking out the Philippine challenger Michael Dasmariñas(30-1-3,20 KOs) the third and final time at 2:45 of round three. The fight took place at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

Dasmariñas wanted to prove to the world that ‘Hot N’ Spicy’ was more than just a cute moniker. He did not get an opportunity to prove this. The mandatory IBF challenger proved to be rather ineffectual in the opening round as Inoue managed to close the distance that Dasmariñas was attempting to create.

Inoue spent round 2 on the offensive. He overpowered his challenger, and within two minutes, he had sent Dasmariñas to the canvas with a sharp left hook to the liver. Dasmariñas beat the count, but he struggled to last the remainder of the round as Inoue continued to rain heavy power punches upon the Filipino challenger’s body.

“I just wanted to see what he had and what he could take in the first round,” Inoue told ESPN's Bernardo Osuna. “After that, I was confident that I could take him out.”

Inoue had ample opportunity to finish the challenger off in the third round as it seemed that Dasmariñas was unwilling to trade blows with the undefeated champion. A right uppercut to the head forced Dasmariñas to raise his guard, which allowed Inoue to slip through and throw a left hook to Dasmariñas’ body which sent him down for the second time. This time Dasmariñas was down until the count of nine.

Dasmariñas desperately wanted to continue the bout. Inoue disagreed. A final left hook to the body from Inoue knocked the challenger down for the third time. Dasmariñas doubled over in pain and was unable to rise from the canvas.

Inoue’s win over Dasmariñas puts him on the path to unify the division. His next preferred opponent is the winner of the unification bout between Nonito Donaire and John Riel Casimero. The winner will be in possession of the WBO and WBC bantamweight belts; it is slated to take place on Aug. 14 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

“Getting this win brings a smile to my face,” notes Inoue. “The ability to face the winner of Donaire-Casimero brings an even bigger smile to my face.”

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