Naoya Inoue certainly doesn't appear to have lost anything following a year out of the ring due to surgery on his hand, as the 22-year-old retained his WBO super flyweight title with a two-round wipeout of Warlito Parrenas in Tokyo.
Inoue (9-0, 8 KO) didn't start fast, which might sound strange for a fight that lasted all of four minutes and change, but the young phenom dropped his Filipino challenger less than a minute into the second round, before finishing him off with another knockdown, forcing the referee to call a stop to the fight at 1:20 of round two.
Inoue will obviously hope to fight more frequently in 2016, and he's someone all boxing fans should be watching. Parrenas (24-7-1, 21 KO) certainly isn't a top flight fighter, but has done no less against guys who are. This is one of the best young fighters in the sport.
Veteran Akira Yaegashi became the third Japanese fighter in history to win world titles in three weight classes, as he routed Mexico's Javier Mendoza over 12 rounds to take the IBF junior flyweight title. Yaegashi (23-5, 12 KO) had previously won belts at 105 and 112, and this title at 108 bridges the gap, so to speak. The 32-year-old fighter won on scores of 120-107, 119-109, and 117-111, easily ending the 11-fight win streak of Mendoza (24-3-1, 19 KO), who was fighting outside of Mexico for the first time in his career.
Other results from the card:
- Takuma Inoue def. Rene Dacquel by unanimous decision (118-109, 118-109, 117-110)
- Satoshi Hosono def. Akifumi Shimoda by split decision (97-92, 96-93, 95-96)
- Ryo Matsumoto def. Jestoni Autida by TKO (1:49 of round 2)
- Koki Inoue def. Jackson Koel Lapie by KO (2:44 of round 1)
- Daichi Kawabuchi def. Seiryu Toshikawa by TKO (2:57 of round 2)
- Araki Yamazaki def. Kabereen Yuya by unanimous decision (39-38, 38-37, 38-37)