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Jamie McDonnell to defend WBA bantamweight title against Naoya Inoue

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The pair will fight on May 25th in Japan.

Boxing at The O2 Arena Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Jamie McDonnell will head to Japan to defend his world title against Naoya Inoue on May 25th.

Doncaster-born will put his WBA bantamweight strap on the line against Inoue, who has already won world titles in two lower divisions and is regarded as one of the world’s best boxers.

It will be McDonnell’s seventh defence of his title, including two decision wins over Japan’s Tomoki Kameda in the United States back in 2015.

The British fighter (29-2-1) most recent result was ‘no contest’ in his rematch with the Venezuelan Liborio Solis after sustaining a cut from a clash of heads which was deemed accidental.

His upcoming challenger Inoue, known as ‘the Monster’, is unbeaten in 15 fights of which 14 have taken place in his home country of Japan.

He won the WBC light-flyweight title in his sixth fight then the WBO junior-bantamweight title in his eighth. Challenging McDonnell will be his debut appearance in the bantamweight division .