Takuma Inoue survives knockdown, keeps WBA 118lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBA bantamweight titlist Takuma Inoue (20-1, 5 KOs), 117.75, came off the canvas in the first round, dominated the proceedings and retained his belt by a unanimous decision over WBA#1 Sho Ishida (34-4, 17 KOs), 117.75, over twelve fast rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) and Kazunobu Asao (Japan) both tallied 118-109, and Michiaki Someya (Japan) saw it 116-111 all in Takuma’s favor. Referee was Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico).

The champ hit the deck with the challenger’s countering left hook over his jab in the initial session, but Takuma quickly regained his rhythm and timing from the second round on. Takuma positively mixed it up in the close range all the way, punishing the much taller Ishida with repeated uppercuts to the face. Continually nose-bleeding, Ishida couldn’t cope with Takuma’s aggression thereafter.


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  • The Inoues had scares in the first round and bounced back effortlessly. I think it’s genetic and their parents will say “they get it from my side”. That entire camp shows incredible poise and discipline, the way all fighters should be. Good win for Takuma who is still getting better.

    • Can you imagine the nerves that family went through. Having two brothers fighting on the same card and both get dropped early?? Had to be a crazy day for the Inoues.

  • Very impressed with Inoue and I consider him best P4P. He showed a champion’s heart coming off the canvas like that. Huge difference between a real professional champion fighter like Inoue and a street-talking, media darling pretender and cheater like Garcia. The sport of boxing needs more of the former and an elimination of the latter.

    • Correction. I was referring to Monster Inoue with this comment. I mistakenly put this comment with the wrong Inoue fight story.

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