INOUE KEEPS WBC 105LB BELT BY STOPPING SMARTLEK IN 11


September 5, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6 KOs), 107.75, Japan, kept his belt as he battered Thailander Samartlek Kokietgym (17-5, 5 KOs), 107.25, from all angles, dropped him twice and finally halted him with furious combinations at 1:08 of the eleventh round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue, a 21-year-old genius who acquired the throne in his sixth pro bout (after an amateur mark of 75-6, 48 stoppages), caught the game Thailander with effective shots upstairs and downstairs, and send him to the deck in the fourth and sixth so that people expected an earlier stoppage. But Samartlek, 29, displayed his unbelievable durability after his last visit to the deck in the sixth. When Inoue accelerated his attack midway in round eleven, Mexican referee Gelasio Perez made a well-timed and well-received halt to save the battered loser from further punishment.

Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanfs middleweight prospect, WBC#12 Ryota Murata (5-0, 4 KOs), 161.25, defeated Mexican national champ Adrian Luna (17-3-1, 11 KOs), 162, by a unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 100-90) over ten hard-fought rounds.

Unbeaten 115-pound prospect, Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10 KOs), 117.5, looked very impressive when he dispatched former WBA flyweight and super-flyweight titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (63-5-1, 26 KOs), 117.73, with a vicious body shot at 0:32 into the second round of a scheduled eight. Matsumoto, ex-national high school champ, floored Denkaosen with a long overhand right early in the second and then displayed a coup-de-grace to the breadbasket.

World-rated light-fly, unbeaten Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1 KO), 111.75, the younger brother of the world titlist Naoya, still 18, beautifully finished Thailandfs Chanachai Sor Siamchai, 112, at 0:51 of the second session in the first bout of this show.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.

(9-5-2014)


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