In case you missed the action on Sunday, super flyweight Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs) made the third successful defense of his WBO title when he knocked out Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (aka Karoon Jarupianlerd) in ten rounds in Japan. The fight was pretty much a one sided beat down coming from the 23-year-old phenom, one that emphatically ended Kokietgym's 16-fight winning streak.
Inoue started out quickly, battering Kokietgym's face by the second round, but appeared to take his foot off the gas pedal which gave Kokietgym some opportunities to land. But that all changed by the tenth when Inoue turned it back on, letting his hands fly relentlessly until he staggered Kokietgym several times and ultimately dropped him with a right hand. Kokietgym struggled to get back to his feet but when he rose on unstable legs with his back turned to Inoue, the referee waved off the fight.
Yet despite closing the show in good fashion to a pleased crowd, Inoue was apologetic about his performance. Inoue said he was unsatisfied with his training camp after reportedly having suffered a back injury leading into the fight, and had some rather troubling post-fight remarks:
"I win, but each time I feel kind of depressed for some reason," Inoue said.
It's difficult to know exactly what to make of that statement, but the good news for fight fans out there is that the wheels are said to be in motion for a unification match with WBA titlist Luis Concepcion before a highly anticipated fight against Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez next Spring.