A look back at the three weight world champion's career so far
Naoya Inoue is one of the most fearsome punchers in boxing today. Inoue carries power in the lower divisions as he has produced brutal knockouts on his way to being a three weight world champion. To commemorate Inoue's power, he has become the first Japanese man to top the Ring Magazine Pound for Pound rankings following his brutal stoppage of Nonito Donaire.
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Inoue turned pro in 2012, and instantly showcased his power as he stopped Crison Omayao in four rounds. Inoue would be held to a points decision in his fourth fight, where he defeated Ryoichi Taguchi to win the Japanese light flyweight title. Inoue would resume his knockout power in his next fight as he would stop Jerson Mancio in five rounds to pick up the vacant OPBF light flyweight title.
Next came a shot at the WBC world light flyweight title. Inoue would continue his knockout run as he would stop Adrian Hernandez in the sixth round. Following his first defence of his belt over Wittawas Basapean, Inoue would face Omar Narvaez. Inoue dropped Narvaez twice before delivering a sickening body shot to stop him in round two.
Inoue would jump up two weight divisions to super flyweight to challenge Warlito Parrenas for the WBO title. Inoue would make light work of Parrenas, as Inoue would dispatch him in two rounds to become a two weight world champion. Inoue's fourth defence of his belt would see him produce a brutal third round stoppage of Ricardo Rodriguez.
Inoue would defend his WBO title against Yoan Boyeaux, and would yet again dazzle the boxing world, as he brutally stopped Boyeaux in three rounds, before announcing a move up to bantamweight.
Inoue would fight for the WBA 'Regular' bantamweight title in his first fight at that weight. Britain's Jamie McDonnell would be Inoue's first victim in the division, as Inoue brutally stopped McDonnell in one round to become a three weight world champion.
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Inoue would then enter the World Boxing Super Series. In the first round, Inoue fought the veteran Juan Carlos Payano. Payano had never been stopped, but Inoue changed that as he knocked Payano out in a round with a perfect shot.
Inoue would next add the IBF world title to his mantle. Inoue squared off with Emmanuel Rodriguez, a fight people thought could be a banana skin for Inoue. Inoue proved any doubters wrong about it being a tough fight, as he stopped Rodriguez in the second round after dropping him three times.
Inoue would win the tournament following a victory over Nonito Donaire in the final. The pair put on an absolute classic, and although Inoue dropped Donaire, he would get the unanimous decision victory. Inoue returned to his knockout victories as he would knock Jason Moloney out in seven rounds in Inoue's first fight under the Top Rank promotional banner.
Inoue's second fight under the watchful eye of Top Rank was against Michael Dasmarinas. Inoue would once again make light work of an opponent as he knocked Dasmarinas out in three rounds.
Inoue would knock Aran Dipean out in his next defence, before getting a rematch with Donaire. Donaire had picked up the WBC title since the first bout, so this was a three belt world title fight. Inoue made sure it was not a repeat of the first fight, as he dropped Donaire in the first round, before knocking him out in round two.
Inoue really packs a punch in the lower divisions, and Britain's Paul Butler holds the final piece of Inoue's undisputed jigsaw. Also, expect Inoue to keep on moving through the weights, as it is clear the power follows him where ever he goes.