Unbeaten sensation Naoya “Monster” Inoue of Japan, in only his eighth professional fight, last night scored a stunning knockout win over experienced two-division titlist Omar Narvaez. The Argentinian champion, perhaps best known for dropping a lopsided decision to Nonito Donaire in 2011, represented a huge challenge for such a young and relatively inexperienced fighter. Narvaez is in fact the first champion in boxing history to defend world titles in two different weight classes ten or more times. Say what you want about the level of his opposition, the fact remains many thought Inoue was biting off more than he could chew. That proved to not be the case.
“Monster,” who in his previous outing had won the WBC light flyweight title by outpointing Samartlek Kokietgym, appeared to carry greater power at the higher weight as he scored two knockdowns over Narvaez in the opening round. The defending champion hit the deck twice more, the final knockdown courtesy of a lethal left hand to the liver, and Inoue was awarded the win and set his own record, that of winning two world titles in just eight professional fights.
Needless to say, Naoya Inoue has arrived.
Exclusive to The Fight City, analyst Lee Wylie breaks down precisely how Inoue created openings for the powerful blows to Narvaez’s body which decided the contest and put the young Japanese warrior in the running for 2014’s Fighter of the Year.