Naoya “The Monster” Inoue climbs up the ladder to meet WBA Regular belt holder Jamie McDonnell in his first crack at Bantamweight. This undefeated two-division champion will be taking a tall order in the biggest challenge of his phenomenal young career Saturday night in Tokyo. Let’s examine the particulars of this matchup. Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs) is a marvel widely considered amid the sport’s pound for pound best. A magnificent resume heartily supports that claim. Inoue captured a world championship in only his 6th professional bout. Then skipped Flyweight altogether and scored another title at Superfly. ‘The Monster’ showing to be a dynamic puncher with surgical precision is both extremely quick and decidedly economical in movement. Coolly detached and laser locked, a modern day ninja possessing sublime ring skills. Now facing his most ambitious task just ahead.
McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs) is an oversize load at 118 lbs. With a freakish height of 5’10 and high level boxing abilities. The 32-year-old Brit is more than just a measuring stick. Crafty as well as technically sound, plus exhibiting a nice work rate. Tricky with competent footwork and decent upper body movement along with being somewhat of a road warrior as illustrated by impressive repeat wins over elite ex-titlist Tomoki Kameda among others.
Besides a marked height differential, McDonnell’s 5.5 inch reach advantage certainly puts him in the pole position. While sacrificing nearly 7 years of age, it is fairly compensated by a considerable edge in experience. Each assuming the orthodox stance, a rare commonality. Live action featured on Sky Sports from Ota City General Gymnasium. Bear witness to history.