Highlights: Inoue Claims WBO and WBC Super-Bantamweight Titles with Sensational Knockout

In a sensational display of boxing prowess, Naoya Inoue secured the WBO and WBC super-bantamweight belts by delivering a brutal knockout to Stephen Fulton in the eighth round, elevating him to a remarkable four-weight world champion.

Throughout the fight, Inoue showcased his dominance, taking control after a cautious start and effectively pushing Fulton against the ropes. Despite moving up in weight and being the smaller fighter, Inoue displayed remarkable strength, overpowering his opponent.

His trademark overhand right was strategically disguised behind diverse lead hand combinations, setting up the powerful shot with a well-placed body jab to lower Fulton’s defenses.



Fulton, to his credit, remained defensively sound and kept his composure for the most part of the match. Although Inoue seemed to have complete control in the initial five rounds, Fulton started to fight back in the following two stanzas.

In round seven, Inoue allowed Fulton to advance, hoping to counter his opponent’s moves. However, Fulton managed to land two powerful straights that caught Inoue’s attention.

Determined not to let the momentum shift, Inoue swiftly regained control, launching a series of devastating blows. As the match entered its final stages, Inoue connected his signature overhand right with precision, sending Fulton to the canvas.

Although the defending champion managed to rise to his feet, Inoue’s relentless barrage of punches forced the referee to stop the bout, sealing Inoue’s victory.

Immediately after the match, Inoue called out Marlon Tapales, the WBA (super) and IBF super-bantamweight world champion, inviting him to a four-belt showdown later in the year.

With this spectacular triumph, Naoya Inoue has solidified his position as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, captivating fans and fellow fighters with his exceptional skills and dedication to the sport. Boxing enthusiasts eagerly await his next challenge as he continues to leave an indelible mark in the world of boxing.