Naoya Inoue successfully defended his WBA and IBF straps with a third round knockout victory over Philippines’ Michael Dasmarinas on Saturday night at the Theatre, Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas.
Inoue released to the public, the very reason why he is regarded as one of the best fighters in the planet. Dropped Dasmarinas three times, with the last knockdown resulting to an immediate stoppage at exactly 2:45 of the third round.
“I just wanted to see what he had and what he could take in the first round,” Inoue told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna. “After that, I was confident that I could take him out.”
Dasmarinas couldn’t materialise his talks from the build up and never looked like someone ready to trade with the knockout artist from the opening round. Inoue on his part sneaked in a left hook, then spent the remaining time of the first round establishing his Jab and setting up for his powershots.
Inoue first sent Dasmarinas to the canvas in the final minute of the second round with a thunderous left hook to the liver. The challenger went straight down, managed to beat the referee’s count and Inoue ravaged his body with another series of body shots before the bell was heard.
Inoue continued digging the body as his goal was to finish the fight in style after seeing the glimpse of a potential knockout in the previous round. Dasmarinas fleed from Inoue, who followed him around the ring and when the Philippine trained to defend the incoming attack, Inoue connected an uppercut, opened him up for another left hook that sent him scrambling to the canvas.
Dasmarinas got to his feet late and convinced the referee he could continue when the count was nine, but that was detrimental to his health as Inoue needed just one more left hook to finish the fight, leaving him on the canvas with serious pain.
Inoue remains unbeaten after 21 professional career fights with 18 knockouts and in this fight, was able to connect 34% of his 122 punches according to un-official starts from CompuBox. For Dasmarinas, this loss marked an end to his 13 fight winning streak which drops his record to 30-3-2 with 20 knockouts.